During the forty years spent as an independent, professional commercial photographer it has been my good fortune to be able to make a living doing something that animates my very soul. In the last couple of years my vision has changed as I move away from strictly commercial assignments. My
goal now is to transition into Fine Art photography, marketing photographs, greeting cards, image licensing and other products, using the personal
images that I've been making for these forty years. In light of that vision, I'll be applying my energy creating photographs in Milwaukee and other areas around Wisconsin, continuing to pursue my visual fascination with the American Southwest, and expanding my portfolio of photographs of Canoe Country.
My interest in photography began while on isolated duty in the the US Coast Guard. I was stationed for over a year as a Radioman on a tiny island of the northern Philippine chain in the Straits of Taiwan. There weren't a lot of social opportunities available, so I developed a keen interest in black and white photography. After my discharge I used my GI benefits to pursue a degree in photography.
My professional photography career began when, after my graduation, the US economy was severely strained and finding a job was quite challenging.
I started accepting "freelance" assignments for small, independent designers of catalogs and brochures shooting studio photographs of fine china,
Hummel figurines, and other collectibles. Within a year, I had begun to shoot editorial assignments for a few small advertising agencies and quickly discovered that I had a gift for making people feel comfortable in front of a camera.
My reputation as a "people photographer" began to build, and my workload shifted toward Human Services - hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers,
social service agencies - shooting annual reports, capabilities brochures, and other projects mostly in the not-for-profit sector.
The medium of photography has provided me with exciting opportunities to meet and work with creative people and organizations. As my focus changes
I look forward to the chance to share my vision of the natural world with all of those professionals as well as a brand new audience of photo enthusiasts.