My beginnings were in Central Wisconsin. I grew up outside the small town of Gresham roaming a backyard that was a virtually limitless expanse of farm fields, woodlots, lakes and rivers. Before the term was used for raising heathy chickens, I was free-ranging.
At age 12 my uncle gave me a camera and I started to capture my world on film. My father helped me build a darkroom from scratch and the sight of first my print emerging in the developer hooked me. Photography is my passion and career.
I moved to Milwaukee to attend Layton School of Art and then Milwaukee Area Technical college. I was hired as a company photographer for Northwestern Mutual. With my wife Joanne, Mequon has been my home for the past 34 years.
I have studied color and composition with Ernst Haas, the photographic range of light with John Sexton and the beauty of grays and tonality with George Tice. I’ve learned from these masters but also greatly benefited from the skill and guidance of many photographer friends.
I made my living photographing people for the most part. Portraits, public relations and advertising were my mainstay. But no matter my
urban commitments I always found time to photograph in my favorite places, those woods and rivers in wilder country.