I have worked as a commercial photographer
since 1984 when I began as an assistant for Peter Donaldson,
John Martin and Don Myer at the in-house studios of Emporium-Capwell,
a San Francisco Bay Area department store chain. Within 6 months
I had become the studio manager, and in the spring of 1985 was
promoted to photographer. I photographed "hard-line"
- everything but clothing. I did a lot of tabletop - dishes, small appliances, picture frames,
towels - and even more large set photography - furniture, beds,
rooms. The vast majority of what I shot was in the studio using
either strobe or hot lights, in color on 4 X 5 film. Occaisionally
I would go on location to a mansion or resort to shoot a special
While I was working in-house for Emporium
I also picked up freelance
work. I shot for Macy's (don't tell anyone), Electronic Musician,
Windham Hill Records, fashion for knitwear designer Jerry Olson,
band promo photographs, headshots for models and actors, and
even a wedding (never again).
In 1988 I left Emporium-Capwell to go back to school.
I continued to freelance while I was at
San Francisco State University, and the San
Francisco Art Institute, where I earned an MFA in photography in
1993. In 1991 at SFAI I began teaching, which meant that I spent less
and less time working commercially. During my time in school I worked
as a contract photographer for Peter Donaldson and Richard Rethemeyer, shooting
catalogues for Mervyns, Smith & Hawken and Floral Gift Express.
I also went back to assisting, working with Phillip Kaake, Robert Perry
and James Garrahan on projects for B of A, Gap, Levi's, Bullocks, etc.
From 1994 to 1996 I lived in Boise, Idaho.
I took the opportunity in Boise to work exclusively on my artwork,
primarily landscape and portraiture. I produced an enormous amount
of artwork which I am still slowly digesting.
In 1996 I returned to civilization, moving to Los Angeles.
I began photographing commercially again, doing editorial portraiture,
as well continuing to photograph the landscape and make personal portraits.
In 2002 I began a new landscape
project using digital cameras to shoot section by section and compositing
the sections together as large images in Photoshop.
In 1997 I began to work on web design, seeing
the internet as the future of image making.
1998 I founded Gumbo
Design with my partner Caitlin Weil. We produced sites for
music production houses, for retail outlets, for a network security
company, for online hiring companies, for non-profits, and primarily
for law firms. The largest sites are for Horvitz
and Levy, and Hennigan, Bennett
I am now working part-time as a web-site designer,
part-time as a photographer, teaching half-time at Woodbury
University, and making art.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
- MFA 1993, Photography
- Studied with Linda Connor, Hank Wessel, Jack Fulton,
- Louie, Pirkle Jones, Ingeborg Gerdes, Susan Schwartzenberg,
Barbara DeGenevieve, Donna Lantz, Robert Dawson,
Sandra Phillips, Andy Grundberg, Rebecca Solnit
San Francisco State
San Francisco, CA
- Graduate work in Photography and Philosophy 1988-90
- Studied with Jack Welpott, Meridel Rubenstein, Lewis
- Richard Lichtman, Sandra Luft, James Royse, Anita
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
- BA 1984 Art History
- Studied with Earl Iverson, Pok Chi Lau, Linda Stone-Ferrier,
- Tom Southall