Awards/Achievements

Publication in numerous field guides and coffee table books, as well as magazines such as: Birder's World, Wyoming Wildlife, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Bugle, Montana Magazine.

2014 NANPA Showcase Competition:
Tier I, Top 10 Images: Life on the Edge: The Owl and the Squirrel
Tier III: American Kestrel feeding Nestling

2013 Pinedale Fine Arts Public Art Program:
Excite/Incubate 2D Photo
: "The Great Gray"
10 x 12 foot image displayed along Pine Street in Pinedale, WY for 2 years

2013 Greater Denver Audubon Photo Contest Top 250:
Coyote Stalking Greater Sage Grouse

2013 NANPA Showcase Competition:
Tier III:
Franklyn's Gulls and Forster's Tern, Montana

2012 Greater Denver Audubon Photo Contest Top 250:
Life on the Edge: The Owl and the Squirrel
Winter Witness: The Great Gray Owl

2012 NANPA showcase competition:
Tier II: Battling for Dominance: Greater Sage Grouse fighting
Tier III:
New Friends: Bison calves greeting

Wyoming Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest 2009: Color Wildlife
First Place: Looking Out at the World: Raccoon young
Second Place: Battle for Dominance: Greater Sage Grouse fighting
Third Place: Blue-winged Teal Hen and Brood

Wyoming Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest 2008: Color Flora
First Place:
Glacier Lily Portrait

Art in the Embassies Program:
Several images selected to be on display in the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Namibia in 1997-98.

My fine art prints are enjoyed in private collections throughout the world.  

About the Photographer

My early years were spent in a small, rural, farming community in northern Illinois. As a child, I had the opportunity to play in the surrounding wooded areas, fields, and along the banks of the Rock River with my brother and sisters. We would always get excited at seeing the local wildlife when it actually showed itself (I am sure the critters typically heard the approach of us kids and ran). I would thumb through picture books and dream of the day that I might see an elk or bison in its natural habitat.

I took a summer job in Yellowstone National Park in 1983 and fell in love with the area. I spent a number of summers working in the park with several more heading to Denali National Park in Alaska. I had a great time observing and trying to photograph the native wildlife in these spectacular areas.

I bought my first SLR camera in 1984 and was determined to take good, natural history photographs. I have been to numerous workshops and lectures having studied under some of the top nature photographers in the country.

After shooting with film for years, I changed to digital in 2007 and never looked back. The digital format allows instant feedback which is great for working in the field and improves the learning curve immensely. The years of film use have taught me to slow down and really look through my viewfinder, eliminating extra objects and learning proper exposure. I am able to control the entire process from image to print, giving it my unique perspective.

I now live in Pinedale, Wyoming and I am an avid birdwatcher and hiker, enjoying the public land western Wyoming has to offer. My free time is spent hiking with camera and binoculars, always seeking a new and unique image in my viewfinder.

A true treasure hunt, my emphasis has recently been owls.   As masters of concealment, owls are not easy to spot and the success ratio is low but the intensity of the search can reveal numerous other small treasures.

As I enjoy being in the great outdoors, all of my images have been taken in natural settings with wild animals.  Even though it does not always make for great images, I consider the ultimate compliment my subject can give me is to fall asleep in my presence.  I do my best to minimize my intrusion in their lives.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my website. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding my work.