A little over 16 years ago my vision for the beauty in nature began a slow transformation when I attended the “American Grandeur” exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art. I had never noticed the way light enhanced nature before, particularly landscapes. Never having visited the American West before, I envisioned it to be a dry, barren wasteland, devoid of anything beautiful. I have since began annual pilgrimages to the West, retracing the steps of greats like Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Asnel Adams, captivated as they all were by the beauty of the light as it dances across the landscape, creating a different masterpiece each day and night.
All of this has taught me to look for beauty closer to home, though I have to search harder through the urban sprawl that entangles the East Coast. Through that search I have discovered that I grew up in a unique area, rich in gorges and waterfalls: the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY. Beauty surrounded me, yet went unnoticed. Pittsburgh, its distinctive skyline, storied buildings, and wonderful people possess a beauty all their own is where much of my time is spent today.
More recently, I have been expanding my portrait and event photography skills and enjoying how much fun and how interesting it can be to photograph people. I love taking what I have learned as a lndscape photograpehr and looking for ways to tie it into portraits.
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