I first became interested in photography while serving with the Marine Corps in Viet Nam during 1966 & 1967. Over the years the hobby was relegated to the backseat due to family and career time restraints. I retired from the Marine Corps in 1983 and joined the Florida Marine Patrol which was eventually combined into the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For eight years with FMP/FFWCC, I headed a squad for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which was funded by NOAA. My interest in photography was rekindled during a NOAA sponsored trip to South Africa during 2002.
I am basically a self taught photographer and printer, gaining most of knowledge from books and online courses. I have also attended workshops conducted by George Lepp and Rick Salmon.
My goal as a photographer is to convey not only what the camera has recorded but also my impression of the scene and how I felt about it. To that end I try to present a total package to the viewer. I work the image in Photoshop adjusting or enhancing the entire image or portions of the image to conform to my vision. Each image is then printed, by me, on a large format printer. I print each image on the medium I deem most appropriate for that image. All photographs have a no fade life expectancy of at least 50 years in many cases will last in excess of 100 years, if kept out of direct sunlight. The photographs are then matted and framed by my wife Brenda and me. Canvas prints are mounted then coated with a protective coating.
Prints are available through my contact page and run from 11×14 matted to 24 x 60 on canvas.
I am presently a member of the Palatka Art League, Create The Artists Guild of North Florida, The Photo Club of Flagler County and The Florida Photographers Group.
I saw you down in Miami last weekend and have viewed your website. Congratulations on such fine work and thank you for your service in the MC.