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Ever since I was a young child I have been fascinated with the power of photographs to inspire, educate and tell stories about our world.  Using state-of-the-art equipment, I aim to capture unique images of subjects both familiar and uncommon through combinations of light, optics and perspectives that give the viewer intimate insights into my subjects.  After image capture I personally oversee the creative process from processing through final print creation to bring my artistic visions to life.

In collaboration with Carl and Ginny Freeman I operate the Focus Gallery during the summer months in Frankfort, Michigan.  We first opened our doors in 2015 and are pleased to display my photography and amazing watercolors, pen and inks and photography by Carl Freeman.  The rest of the year I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan and work on a variety of photo projects and taking new photos!

My images have been published in Traverse Magazine, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Audubon, National Parks magazine, Nature's Best Photography, The Washington Post, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (US FWS), the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), and the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), among others. Corporate and Non-Profit clients include the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC), The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce, Frankfort & Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce, Pure Michigan, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), KPMG, Hyatt Place Hotels, Jones Lang LaSalle, Gibson Guitar, American Airlines, the, and George Mason University, among others.  

I’ve been an incredibly lucky guy and appreciate the opportunity to share my work with you!


The natural world has always been a source of enjoyment to me. Watching birds at our feeder, doing 4-H projects, and participating in local Audubon activities are all vivid boyhood memories. My experiences with various Audubon societies have been especially rewarding throughout my life. Washtenaw Audubon field trips and screen tours in Ann Arbor, attending the National Audubon Camp in Maine, and then being a student assistant there.

In 1970 I was a bird instructor at the National Audubon Camp in Wisconsin. The countless hours I spent hunting, fishing, and camping with my parents also contributed greatly to my knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors. Being a science major at Alma College, two years of grad school in environmental education at the U. of Michigan and three years as staff ecologist for an outdoor education facility in northern Michigan have served to deepen my involvement with nature. I have volunteered at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and the National Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary for sandhill cranes in Nebraska. I also conducted a Breeding Bird Survey route for the Fish and Wildlife Service and have done extensive field work for the Michigan Odonata Survey (damselflies and dragonflies).

This lifelong interest in the natural world has been the inspiration for my artwork, which is all based on personal experiences in the field. I feel my art is an expression of my deep appreciation for the natural world, and I hope that my paintings, drawings and photographs in some small way increase yours. Although I have taken a few formal art classes, I am mostly self-taught and have been helped along the way by other artists. The quality of my photos has greatly improved with expert help from Drew, especially my landscapes.

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If a print arrives damaged, contact us immediately for a replacement. Since all print orders are custom printed to order, we do not currently offer returns and recommend that you carefully consider the sizes and media types when placing your order. If you have questions about the different print types or options, please contact us! We're happy to help you out with finding the right product for you. That said, we do recognize that sometimes when you receive a print it is different than what you expected. While we try to minimize this through the availability of our online previews and wall mockup tools, it can happen! If the print you received is not the right size or medium for your wall, contact us immediately to discuss options. In some cases we may be able to exchange it for a different size or medium within 30 days of receipt of your order. In such cases, you will be responsible for covering any price difference between your original and replacement order, as well as the cost of returning the original print to us and the cost of shipping the new print to you. In the event that the replacement print is of lesser value than the original order, you will have a credit on file to use on future orders. We will deduct from this credit (to the extent possible depending on the size of your credit) the costs of shipping the old print back to us and the new print to you and notify you of any remaining credit we will have on file for you.

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