Nature has always drawn me, mostly, I guess, because of its inherent beauty, a beauty I see manifest in both the serenity of its order and the excitement of its chaos. Too, it possesses unending variety, is ever changing, and, to me, offers surprises, wonderful surprises, at every look, every step, along every path, and in every corner and crevice. When taking photographs I try to capture this beauty, variety, change, and surprise. Every work of nature, no matter how small, has a story to tell, a story that the casual observer may never see, never grasp. I try to make my photographs tell that story. I may spend hours walking just a short distance down a path, along a stream, or through a woods, examining at length everything from lichen and algae growing on a rotted log to pebbles lining a brook, unique reflections in the water, or saplings edging a stream, looking for the patterns, relationships, and interactions that are all around me, seeking to capture the line, form, light, color, and texture that are forever present in the works of nature. With my photography I try to draw observers in, so they feel they’re part of the experience and are aware of and interested in the story. Shooting at unique angles and using macro and infrared photography are some of the ways I bring life and story to my images.
In the last dozen years, as digital photography capabilities have advanced, I’ve been able to combine my love of computers and my technical knowledge with my photography. In my photography I utilize Canon’s professional line of digital cameras and lenses and Epson’s professional printers. I’m experienced in all aspects of digital photography, including digital capture, digital darkroom processing, color management, printing, and presentation of fine-art prints, which I do both for myself and for other area artists. I’m also an experienced web developer and graphic designer and the owner of Koka Art Gallery, where I sell my photographic artwork and the artwork of about thirty other artists. I sell my works, too, at art shows around the country and several galleries and have had several solo shows. I’m a member of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Kansas City Artist Coaliton, North American Nature Photography Association, The Society for the Arts in Healthcare, The Center for Health Design, Joplin Missouri’s Spiva Center for the Arts, and Carthage’s Art Central. I feel strongly that there is healing in the beauty of nature, and I’m glad to be able, through my photography, to share that healing attribute with the patients, their families and staff in healthcare centers around the country as well as individual’s homes and businesses.