Born in Toledo, Ohio I was raised in Atlanta and Albany, Georgia where I completed high school. My family moved to Southern California in 1963 and I continued on to college. I received a B.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Northridge.
I am a self-taught commercial photographer and have been successfully and consistently working for over 45 years with a noted clientele, publishing images in national and regional magazines as well as in industry trade publications. Specializing in tabletop, small product photography and catalog work, with an emphasis on jewelry and reflective objects, I have earned a well respected reputation in the advertising industry. I continue to work with selected designers and still enjoy my commercial work as a rewarding experience.
I was an early adopter of digital photography and have not shot film for over 20 years. Having shot from 35mm to 8X10 film formats gave me a great working discipline and an overall sense that was very useful in understanding the possibilities of digital shooting.
In 2009, I had my first fine art photography showing at the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, and I was awarded the Mayor’s Purchase Award. The city purchased four of my images for permanent display in the Beverly Hills City Hall.
In 2010, I was one of only ten winning finalists selected from over 400 artists who submitted over 1000 works of art for a juried competition. My work was purchased and is hanging in the Santa Monica Bloomingdale’s store as part of their permanent art collection.
In 2012 my Endeavour image was purchased for the Director's office of the Griffith Observatory.
In 2013 I was named the Best of Show Artist at the Indian Wells Art Festival.
In 2014, I was the primary photographer for the book "Beverly Hills - The First 100 Years".
My fine art work is a natural extension of both my architectural photography and my extensive skills in digital retouching and image manipulation. I have truly enjoyed rediscovering Southern California through this new aspect of my career and have been more than motivated to continue capturing these moments in my world. The joy to all this is the added benefit of others appreciating my viewpoint and interpretations.