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Artist Statement

My commitment as an artist is to create beautiful, truthful portraits of people. Portraits that possess a sense of line, style, and visual clarity, and evoke a mood through the use of light, pose, composition, and expression. I am constantly striving to capture the unique beauty of my subjects in an honest, creative, and relevant manner.

“In whatever one does, there must be a relationship between the eye and the heart.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Bio

I am a performing arts photographer, which means that I specialize in photographing performing artists (dancers, actors, musicians, singers) doing that thing they love to do.

The performing arts have been a part of my life since childhood. I started taking ballet classes at the age of eight. I attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH, with a double major in dance and visual art. After high school, I went directly into my first career as a professional ballet dancer.

After my dance career, I received a degree in portrait photography. I instantly feel in love with taking portraits after the first portrait assignment in my darkroom class (yes, old school black and white film). My portraiture work has aligned perfectly with photographing performing artists.

I consider it a privilege to continue to work in the performing arts as a photographer, and more significantly with the creative individuals (directors, designers, choreographers, performers) that make shows happen.

I am originally from Cincinnati, OH, and now I live in Winston-Salem, NC with my wife and kitties. The picture you see of me on this page was taken at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina. If you are ever in the area, I recommend a trip to Hanging Rock. Its unique outcropping and almost 360 degree view is well worth the effort of the climb. (In the picture, you actually see me on Wolf Rock, one of the other peaks in the park. Photo credit goes to my beautiful, sweet, hiking addicted wife.)