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My art is inspired by my canoe explorations of the wilderness areas of south Florida. I often spend several days at a time in the Everglades exploring remote places seldom photographed. It is with a camera that I attempt to re-create the peaceful solitude that I experience in these places and believe so many people desire to feel. With an artistic vision framed by the camera, my goal is not to simply illustrate a picture of a bird or a mangrove tree; rather, I seek to provide the viewer a perspective he or she has never seen before. I want them to imagine the peace of being in that place or the joy of watching a beautiful bird. To that end, a successful image is one that best represents my wilderness experience and invites the viewer to observe more closely with a deeper appreciation for nature's art.
Growing up in rural upper Michigan, nature and wildlife were significant in my life as I often explored the wooded areas surrounding my home. In 1986, I moved away from Michigan to study for a career in science. Regardless of where I lived (Arizona, Texas), I always found time to go into the wilderness. In 1997, my career led me to Miami. I began exploring the wilderness areas of south Florida and experiencing their amazing wildlife by way of canoe. As the canoe was essential to my wilderness explorations, the camera soon followed. Interestingly, I never realized until I became a photographer that art played a significant role in my life. Starting at a young age, I dabbled in music and drawing; but I never considered photography because of the expense of camera equipment. My eventual investment in cameras began as a way to record my wilderness trips, but soon grew into a passion that allowed my artistic side to develop. At last, I had found a way to combine my love of nature with my love of art.
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