Or how I got From the pentagon to austin, texas.
This is the part of the website where I tell you that I got my first camera at 3 and sold my first artwork by the age of 9. Not quite! I didn’t even have an Atari until I was 10 (I think).
My career started as an officer in the Air Force in 1993, stationed at the Pentagon. I mostly did programming work, as the web had just started. One of the skills I picked up during that time was Photoshop. Version 3 was just released (layers!), and I was hooked.
In 2002 we moved to beautiful Austin, Texas (home prices are a little ridiculous in our nation’s capital). A few years later I took up photography as a way to get outside of an office. As it turns out, I’m not a big fan of fluorescent lighting. You probably aren’t either.
I started with portraits and learned some incredible stories of the people I photographed. I worked for magazines, companies, and families creating fun, stylized imagery.
Around 2013, I started creating my own paintings. However, rather than just painting straight on a canvas, I thought it might be more interesting to first put my photography skills to work telling a visual story, and then painting that image. The first series of images produced like this was my holiday collection from 2014.
To me, it’s the ultimate culmination of all of my interests and knowledge. I get to create images that have a foot in both fantasy and reality, while enjoying every step of the process. It’s the next step in an journey that started for me in grade school when I first started to draw, and I thank you for being a part of it! Feel free to connect with me online here, or via any of the social media sites above. I would love to hear what you think of the work and to learn something about you!