Good Photography, Luck or Skill?

I think it’s both. And then I think you also have to throw in some intuition and being in-touch with the moment.

I go to a lot of locations that most people just consider garbage dumps. Abandoned places left by folks who came to the decision that where they were was just not working for them and it was time to move on.

Very often vandals move-in and destroy what remains. I find this very sad, they don’t realize they are destroying historical social monuments to the past.

When I go to places like these I never move things, I just go in search of an artistic viewpoint to capture what is left.


I try to tell a story in my images. I use layered compositions that lead you into the image. Contrasting viewpoints that might provoke a memory or an emotion; like an evergreen tree’s reflection in a shard of broken glass. Nature outlasts humanity. Mother nature always wins.

To find these things you have to “get present”. Most people go for the full shot. Trying to capture as much as possible in the frame. I want what others don’t see. The texture of the wood, a pile of broken glass artfully arranged by someone else. These are the places I find my art.

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Art is not just stuff you put on your walls. Art can solve problems. It has been created to make others aware of where to find good hunting or to watch out for certain conditions. It has been used to make people aware of causes and injustice. There is art everywhere you go. It is on walls, on screens, on packaging, on people even. As an artist for more years then I can count, I find this very exciting. I do my best to create art that is interesting, unique and informative. I am blessed to have the ability to work in multiple mediums, including watercolor, photography, digital illustration, graphic layout, and I have played in many more. I have experience building websites, vehicle wraps and so many other things. What I love the most is finding a way to solve a creative problem and that is why I have been hired by many companies to solve problems for them. To help them share their unique voice and their unique products. I love to help people tell their own story, coming out of their cocoon and emerging to fulfill their dream.