I am one of those lucky people who gets up every day loving what I do. I divide my time between mentoring young photo students as a Professor of Photography and Video in Art & Design at Cal Poly State University, and shooting for clients globally. On top of that, I live in what National Geographic calls one of the four happiest places in the world to live: San Luis Obispo, CA.
This is a big change from my early life. As a teenager growing up in Philadelphia, I remember waiting in the bitter cold for the school bus. I vowed then that I would never again live anywhere cold. My desire for warmer climates lead me to the West Coast to earn an MFA in photography at UC Santa Barbara and find my true passion.
My photographs have been exhibited and published internationally. I am honored that my work is part of the permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris, France. My book, The Naked &The Nude: Images from the Sculpture Series, explores the comparison of stone and flesh. I am currently represented by Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco.
In recent years, I have also worked in video. One of my videos was awarded the APA (American Photographic Artists) 2012 Short Video "Rockin It" People's Choice Award.
Would I do anything for a good photo opportunity? You bet. Here are some of my favorite travel experiences thus far ...
Burma (Myanmar): Watching the spiritual sweeping ceremony at the Shwedagon Pagado
Cuba: Sipping a mojito and watching the beautiful old cars stream by in Havana
France: Sitting in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris Alaska: Standing on a glacier
Italy: Sharing conversation and a latte macchiato in the Pizza del Campo in Siena
Greece: Sailing along the Greek Islands
The Adirondacks: Watching the sunset on the dock at 14mile island, Lake George, NY
What's on the horizon? My feature length documentray film Lives Well Lived will be released January, 2017.