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Photography has always been a part of my life. The passion began at the early age of 12.
I was mesmerized by the magic of an image appearing as a print in a darkroom tray.
Photography remained with me as an enthusiasm, hobby and part-time career throughout high school and while completing a visual and performing arts degree, my final term resulting in an acting internship in the professional company at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. My background in theatre and BFA in acting greatly contributes to my understanding of and directing and working with talent, both human and animal. Not that humans aren't animal, but we'll get into that more later.

During the last thirty-five years, I have built an internationally-known clientele for my San Diego-based commercial photography studio. I create images for fashion, fitness, magazine, catalog & advertising.
I mostly photograph people and little people and animals.

Sometimes we dress animals like people or even other animals. Sometimes we dress babies as various non-human fauna or even exotic flora. All manner of kids to adult people are dressed as all variety of beings, of this world or not. Lot's and lot's of pirates and vampires, every storybook character, well. . . in the book and additional vampires all shape and sizes. And the ghouls and the girls, lots and lots of sexy pirate maidens, fortune tellers, flappers in fishnets and fairies. . . did I mention sexy vampires?!
All of this for the halloween, pet and costume industries. Now this is fun!


I became aware of “digital” more than twenty-five years ago, pre even Photoshop. I voraciously studied all aspects of technical, artistic and scientific developments and embraced it with an even greater intensity than I had photography and the darkroom. This was much more powerful, this was magic! And now I daily celebrate the technology as a tool that allows me to instantly flow my vision into reality all with 1's and 0's, start to finish. This far exceeds what I had even envisioned back then. Today my work is available to the world the moment I push the shutter. Magic!

In the beginning my personal work was the digital studio where I could take the risks with the new technology and new media as I slowly transitioned my traditional film/darkroom business to digital. The industry was much slower to embrace the digital and with much more cautious enthusiasm. The transition took almost fifteen years. As my commercial work and personal work now shared the same space, I had a sudden realization that the result wasn't exactly what I had expected. It was too much data. I needed some time out of the computer to de-program. My personal work would give way to the commercial work. In search of alternate forms of artistic expression, I discovered the ancient art of lifecast sculpting, capturing the human physique as a three dimensional sculpture.

My years of work for men’s fashion and underwear catalogs, fitness certifying organizations and publications, plus my own art studies, gave me a great understanding of physique and musculature and how to light it for photography. Sculpting the human physique with light is what I do for two dimensional media. Now I capture the human physique as a moment in statuary stone.

My creative life is blessed with a wonderful balance of artistic expression utilizing state of the art technology for the realization of my personal vision in imagery and casting techniques dating back to the ancient egyptians resulting in sculpture. It’s all magic!