you become a designer/artist?
Grandpa Harvey gave me my first camera in high
school; it was a manual Pentax 35mm camera.
He also gave me my first computer, a Commodore
64, so I thank him for getting me started. Grandpa
was a photographer himself and gave me books,
film, and showed me techniques to improve my
photography. My first published picture was
of surfing that my photo teacher saw and asked
to put in the yearbook. The classes that I always
excelled in and enjoyed were usually art, computer,
or photography classes, yet I trudged on thinking
I had to pursue a "real" career. Well it turns
out "real" careers are not that great and the
money isn't worth selling your soul, so I left
my high paying tech job in Silicon Valley for
an apprenticeship with Frans Lanting, world
famous wildlife photographer. I learned a lot
from him and his business and realized that
with skill, stubborn determination, patience
and focus you can achieve your dreams. I am
still working toward that dream, wish me luck.
Where are you from originally?
Santa Cruz, California.
What are you doing now?
Hmmmm. Working temp jobs, surfing, and scheming
a way to be seen by the right audience so I
can do what I love full time.
What are your plans for the future?
To become established as an artist/photographer,
buy a house, get married, have two kids, live
the American dream.
What American artist inspires you most?
There are so many American artists that inspire
me, so I don't have a specific favorite but
here are some that I really like: Photographers:
Albert Watson; Frans Lanting; Stephan Brown;
Michael Chaisson; and Imogen Cunningham. Performers:
Adam Sandler; and watching Michael Jackson dance.
Painter: Mark Ryden.
What unlocks your creativity?
Talking to other artists, meditation, going
some place new, staying up late, people watching,
books, magazines, music, friends, love.