BFA, Ball State University
MFA, University of Cincinnati.
Associate Professor of Art, Frostburg State University
Wife and two kids, two cats, one dog, several film and pixel cameras, lots of soccer balls, scooters, and a vast collection of paints, crayons and markers (some of my collection...).
I believe in a technically based practice of creative problem solving in photographic curricula. The student should be able to fluidly move from traditional into digital media, be visually literate in contemporary and historical artists' work, practice a thorough relationship with the history of the photographic medium, and establish an elite level of technical skills with a desire to become a lifelong learner.
I believe the photograph to be a pliable form of art, not necessarily defined by pre-existing standards for what makes a photograph true to its medium. I do not have a strict agenda to process for my personal work, and I don't find my self traveling extensively or working with exotic subject matter to find content. when I capture on film, I use Photoshop with my film scans to edit and print from, or create larger digital negatives for work in antique processes. Lightroom makes itself useful for processing RAW files and keeping track of the vast digital flow.
Each project tends to have individual ideas I am interested in pursuing, sometimes revolving around media; a concise summary is given for the brief galleries on this website.
For commissioned projects or contractual work I capture digital, typically keeping the RAW files for my archive and formatting final products to the clients' requests.
If you are interested in seeing some student work examples or reviewing my CV, please check the contact link above.
Selected to be solo contributing artist for "Backbone Mountain Review, 2018", regional publication.
Invited Speaker for Allegany National Photographic Competition and Exhibition 2018, giving gallery walk and talk April 14th.