After finishing my education at CIA in 1984, I immediately went to work in the photo reproduction industry. I have honed my color management skills over the years and am now considered an expert color printer with an awesome ‘color eye’. As the digital age has pretty much put all those darkroom skills in the archives, I’ve had to reinvent myself digitally. One of the greatest things about photography is change, this can be both good and bad, but I always try to look at things positively. I wanted to learn Photoshop, so I threw myself at it in the year 2000. I’ve been with Reed since 2003 where I have continued to refine and expand my Photoshop knowledge with the help of both Kim Reed and John Harris. These guys know everything you could possibly need to know when it comes to Photoshop, and I have them in my back pocket. After being in this industry for over 25 years, it’s amazing how I am still challenged at times. Being able to use Photoshop everyday allows me to continue being creative and use all the years of my color expertise to bring out the best possible image. I take tremendous pride in what I do and I’ve been told it shows!
When I made the move to Reed in 1993, I was able to take the “color eye” that I developed at RMCP and refine it working alongside the pros. I learned what fine-art quality is from the best, Bob Reed. Now, I oversee Reed’s Metal and Pigment Printing divisions. I love what I do here. I love working with artists and being immersed in the artistic process every day. People might not realize how much skill and effort goes into making a print better than anyone else. I’m proud every day of the successful problem-solving and extreme attention to detail that makes that possible.
There’s always something new here—people, products, art. I love that. And it motivates my own artistic projects. In addition to being a pro printer at Reed, I’m a near full-time artist, showing my own work in galleries, festivals and by commission.
As much as I like taking photos of family and friends, I love the aspect of printing in my job, which I have been doing for Reed since 2005.
I have been told that I have the best eye for color west of the Mississippi!
Call me crazy, but I believe work is a blessing.
I’ve learned to be patient and wait for the drama that characterizes my wildlife work. I’m not interested in pretty animal portraits, but instead, I capture dramatic moments where there is action or emotion from the animal. I am honored to have had my images in numerous industry publications, including National Geographic, Colorado Outdoors, Bugle Magazine, All Animals Magazine, Smith-Southwestern Publishing, and Chicago Wilderness Magazine. But, my proudest accomplishment to-date is being included as one of the international Share the View Competition Top Ten Colorado Photographers for two years running. The competition is tough in wildlife photography, so I consider this a real honor.
In 2008, I came onboard with Reed as the lead Lightjet printer. Many years mentoring with the likes of Rocky Mountain News photographer, Jay Kelzer, and Steve Annibal from The Pro Lab, taught me what makes a good print. Basically, I approach every image as though it were my own. I make sure I would be happy hanging it on my own wall. But, when I’m not printing other photographers’ amazing work, I’m out in nature searching for the perfect light to showcase the amazing animals that I love.