The Earth speaks to me and it's been like this for as long as I can remember.
In my my dual careers of teaching and creating, I’m guided by this bond, and in turn, help guide others in their quest to organically find their own path. For me, the path is art, education, and environmental/social activism.
I’ve been a professional photographer for over thirty years and have spent 15 years sharing my learning as a teacher. Both bring great joy to my life.
My early landscape and nature photographs built upon the work of modernists Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand who were all in their own way responsible for establishing photography as an art form. As a commercial photographer, I apprenticed with some of the worlds best-known advertising photographers and quickly opened my own photography studio creating advertising photographs for many blue-chip clients.
Over time I began to use my photography in a reportage style, to document the damage and poison government and corporations have inflicted on Mother Earth and her inhabitants, particularly on the Navaho, Hopi and Lakota reservations. These experiences led me to found (10 years ago) Loma Kachi, a 501c3 not for profit that works with Navajo, Hopi and Lakota families on these North American reservations.
Fifteen years ago, I began curating exhibits (and creating art of my own) dealing with the dangers that our environmental and social justice systems are facing. Well-reviewed exhibitions have encouraged this path. 2019 brings new art with the project Cages and the release of the book Cooper Lake: my muse.