My passion is to create images that grab the viewer's eye and compel them to explore the photographs in more detail. I try to express in my photographs the awe and inspiration I feel when viewing a scene. I love the outdoors, especially unspoiled wildernesses and specialize in scenes from the national and state parks. Recently, my work has expanded to include night and star photography to help convey the expanse and magnitude of our natural world.
I became interested in photography in 2009 while preparing for a trip to New Zealand. I began reading everything I could find on photography and began taking pictures whenever possible. I have taken several classes at West Valley Community College and participated in local workshops. I also joined the Los Gatos / Saratoga Camera Club and began competing in 2010.
I am a former President of the Los Gatos - Saratoga Camera Club and a member of Maverick Photographers, a group of documentary and fine art photographers in the Bay Area.
Los Gatos / Saratoga Camera Club Carolyn Ramsay Award - 2011 Photographer of the Year
Winner of the San Jose Mercury News "Picture our World" contest in 2010
Selected to exhibit 2 works at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO in 2011
Achieved Honorable Mention two years in a row at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA for their Statewide Photography Contest - 2013 / 2014
Short-listed 3 years in a row in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest by the Royal Observatory Greenwich with an image published in each of their yearly books - 2012/13/14
Fifth Place in the 2013 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest held by The World at Night (TWAN). Two other photos were named Notable Photos / Special Mention in 2013 and an additional two images in 2014.
Received a PSA Ribbon / HM in the 2014/15 Cork International Salon of Photography