About

I make still life, portrait and landscape photographs, sometimes the work is idea-driven, other times it is call and response.

Science is a strong interest of mine, hence the series entitled Amateur Physics; work that surfs the edges of art and science. Amateur Physics bridges the 19th and 21st centuries in terms of techniques and technology. Digital capture is used to generate a negative to make a Van Dyke Brown Process sun print in my backyard. You may be skeptical, but it can be done in Oregon. This printing process was invented by Sir John Herschel, three years after H. F. Talbot invented the Calotype. Herschel also invented fixer. Amateur Physics is comprised of photographic homages to scientists and interesting scientific concepts–some are literal in-camera photographs and others are imaginary creations–all in the end are photographs.

I have been using a camera to make portraits since I was eight years old. Back then my subjects were family members, pets, or friends. Currently I am working on a portrait series called Working Men. The sitters are friends or people that interest me. So far all the sitters are in some way self-employed. The economy is dictating a basics approach to earning a living.

For some time, I have collected garbage found on my photography trips in the Great Basin. The Great Basin was once a sea that included parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah. The Great Salt Lake and the Salton Sea are east and west vestigial remains of this once huge body of water. Many bags of debris sit in my darkroom. In 2011 I began visualizing and producing a series of still life photographs called Recycling the Great Basin. The 2012 Spring edition of The High Desert Journal features part of the portfolio. Digital and film cameras are used to make the photographs, and I produce archival pigment prints for exhibition.

Other About Stuff:
My photographs are held in private collections, the Portland Art Museum and the Houston Fine Arts Museum.

Exhibitions:
2014 Amateur Physics, Camera Work Gallery Portland OR by invitation
2014 Diffusion Group Show, Verve Gallery Santa Fe NM by invitation
2013 Unconventional Photography, Lishui Photography Festival [China] by invitation
2013 GeoGrafica, Guatemala City, Guatemala by invitation
2013 Blue Sky Portfolio Drawers, jurors Diana Millar and Ed Marquand
2012 Sitka Invitational Group Show at the World Forestry Center
2012 Amateur Physics at Hezler Gallery Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
2012 Newspace Center for Photography Member Show
2012 Lightbox Gallery Heavy Metal Group Show, juried by Terry and Kathleen Thompson
2012 Luz Gallery Diffusion Magazine Group Show
2012 Atelier 6000 High Desert Journal Group Show
2012 Newspace Center for Photography Group Show, juried by Laura Moya
2012 Lightbox Gallery PDX Photo Month, invited
2012 Blue Sky Gallery Portfolio Drawers, jurors Laura Moya and Clint Willour
2012 Poetic Objects: Still Life as Subject, PhotoPlace Gallery, juried by Sue Lezon
2012 The Nude, LightBox Gallery, juried by Heidi Kirkpatrick
2011 Juried Exhibition, Newspace Center for Photography, juried by Raymond Meeks
2011 Photocraft, LightBox Gallery, juried by Blue Mitchell
2011 Amateur Physics [solo show], LightBox Gallery
2011 Phone-o-graphics Arts Show, Darkroom Gallery VT, juried by Dan Burkholder
2011 Stormy, Verrmont Photography Workplace
2011 Photography Month at Splendorporium, invited group show
2011 Alchemy, 23 Sandy Gallery juried by Laura Moya
2011 This Good Earth, Newspace Center for Photography, juried by Laura Valenti
2011 Pose and Gesture, Vermont Photography Workplace, juried by Tim Anderson
2010 Newspace Center for Photography Members Group Show
2010 Flight, Vermont Photography Workplace, juried by David Bram
2010 Carnival, New Space Center for Photography, juried by Chris Bennett
2009 Portraits, invited by Mark Woolley for WORKSOUND Gallery
2009 Photo+Book, 23 Sandy Gallery, juried by Chris Rauschenberg
2008 Shelter, 23 Sandy Gallery, juried by Randy Gragg
2008 Resurrection, 23 Sandy Galler, juried by Laura Moya
2007 Night Moves, 23 Sandy Gallery, juried by Laura Russell
2006 Vision PDX at Portland City Hall
2006 Chamber Music Northwest Exhibition at Catlin Gabel School
2005 One Foot After Another, invited by Chris Rauschenberg for the Mark Woolley Gallery
2005 Photo Review Annual Competition, juried by David Schonauer

Artist in Residence

2014 Caldera, Caldera Gold Spot Award

Publications:

2012 Shots, Portraits Issue
2012 Diffusion, Amateur Physics, featured artist
2012 The High Desert Journal, Recycling the Great Basin

Juror/Reviewer
2012 Portland Photographers’ Forum Member Show
2012 Cannon Beach Photo Review

Editorial:
All Music Guide
Boston Globe
Brooklyn Eagle
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
NPR
Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Music News

Education:
Bethel College B. A.; History Major/Art Minor

Organizational Affairs:
Portland Art Museum Photography Council Board, former President
Brown Bag Lunch Talks, Portland Art Museum
Blue Sky Gallery Member
Lightbox Gallery Member
Newspace Center for Photography Member
William, James & Company, Director
Photolucida Advisory Board
Former Photolucida Critical Mass Juror
Former member of the Photolucida Board