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Self portrait, Kiev, Ukraine, 2010.

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I began photographing with a gift-camera at the age of 16. It wasn't until my last year at the University of Oregon that a class with Willie Osterman stimulated my interest in photography as a career. During Spring break he took several students to visit Ansel Adams, tour his home and darkroom and have our portfolios critiqued. That clinched it for me; I knew what I wanted to do in life.

After college I apprenticed for several years in a commercial photography studio in Portland. Following a substantial gap that requires more story telling than this space merits, I was hired by a Japanese publishing firm, to be the only foreign staff photographer with assignments taking me throughout northern Japan. My assignments ranged from Tokoro to Kyoto, over half of Japan. It was a dream job but in 1995 I decided I needed to establish myself in the USA unless I was to live the rest of my life in Japan. So I moved back to my home town of Portland and opened a studio, specializing in any work that would fit through my studio door, and striving to accommodate just about everything else.

Eventually I came to specialize in architectural and photo-reproduction of artwork -- color accuracy, lighting and that sort of thing.