I'm, originally from North Dakota, a middle child of four and ten (long story). My home life started in dual-cultural household. It shaped my perception of life, leading me to pursue an interest in computers, writing, drawing and later photography.
I enrolled in the very prestigious University of North Dakota’s Visual Arts program, whereI earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Photography, with an emphasis in Time-based Media. Take that Parsons!
Although very fond of North Dakota, being my home state, I had to say goodbye, throwing a scarf into the wind off a mountain peak. I began the journey of honing my photographic abilities training with the legendary Ip Man. After six years of putting my fists in cold waterfalls and fighting off leeches, I finally graduated.
I worked for a lot of, photographers, small businesses, corporations and put many miles on my car figuring out the meaning of life while eye-rolling any good advice coming my way. Like my long commutes to work or time at home, I enjoy the friends I have made through it all, and a good Brian McKnight album.
When it comes to photography, I prefer to work intimately with his subjects. From portrait, documentary to landscape, I invest a great deal of time with each subject. My creative process is quiet, introverted, thoughtful, aiming to create a balance of straightforward mixed with respectful introspection in my work.
I use whatever tools I have when it comes to photography. Mobile phones, big Digital SLRs, mirrorless and point-and-shoot cameras.
I may have hung out with fellow photographers and varied artist but I prefer to work alone for the core of my work. Although I bring my Geordi Laforge action figure on my escapades. Yes, I appreciate a good Star Trek Marathon.
Professionally, I have had work shown at the North Dakota Museum of Art Auction, The Third Street Gallery, The Art of Giving, River Walk Artists, Amazing Grains Gallery and a featured show at the Rourke Art Museum. I'm a small town artist and ain't no shame in that.
These days, I reside in Fertile, with my partner of eleven years, Eric. We have no pets, although that is subject to change.