Whether it be a rippling stream, an alligator-infested swamp, the rip-currents of the Atlantic Ocean, or a violent thunderstorm overhead, my obsession to capture and create new and exciting images often takes me to places most would not know existed and puts me in situations that many others wouldn’t even consider. I’ve learned early on that if I’m not lost in the wilderness, covered in sand or mud, or simply drenched by the end of the day, I most likely did not capture the image that was hidden there in the landscape, waiting for me to discover.
Those who know me would say that I live life rather simple – to immerse myself in nature every possible moment that I can. Every day is a new challenge for me to seek deep into the depths of Mother Nature to explore, experience, and capture monumental fractions of time in the ever-changing natural world. In my mind, each of these experiences is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Growing up in the forests, streams and swamps of the Allegheny Mountains ignited my passion for nature and the environment, which lead me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology and eventually into a career as a biologist on the largest river restoration project in the world…The Kissimmee River of the Northern Everglades in central Florida.
For over a decade working as a scientist studying and photographing throughout the entire Everglades ecosystem as well as the south Florida coastline, my instilled pursuit for adventure and exploration has pulled me to take to the road and start the next chapter of my life – to travel throughout North America with my family and camera in pursuit to reconnect with my childhood memories, while providing this same life-changing opportunity for my children to experience. Along the way I will be showcasing my photography at selected fine art festivals and conducting workshops across the country.