I received my first camera when I was in elementary school as a Christmas gift from my parents. However, it wasn't until the early 1980's when I purchased my first 35mm SLR that I became very serious about photography.
I was raised in the rural South Central Kentucky town of Scottsville. The scenic beauty of the rural surrounding area was and still is the inspiration for my photography.
I began to pursue nature photography after attending a basic photography class at Asheville-Buncombe Community College in the early 80's. Later in 1993, I had the opportunity to meet the late Photojournalist Bill Thomas at a weekend photo workshop he was conducting outside of Ocala, FL. I attended other workshops given by Bill at his farm in Glendale, KY. I regarded Bill as my mentor in Nature Photography for the many little things that I learned from him over the years and for his kindness to me to answer questions I might have about the photography profession whenever I needed a straight answer from someone who has been there.
I have continued to concentrate my photography on the rural, back road landscape of the mid south and many historical landmarks and features thereof. In recent years while working in the computer department of a professional photofinishing lab, I learned the art of digital enhancement, to which I sometimes apply to an already lovely scene and make it unique or even better. I also serve as a volunteer preserve monitor for Brigadoon State Nature Preserve in Barren County, KY, and teach beginning and advanced digital photography for Barren County Community Education.
At this point I shoot exclusively digital with a Pentax K-5 IIs and Pentax K-5 SLRs with Sigma lenses. As most of my early work was 35mm transparencies, these have been scanned and then adjustments made in Photoshop. I print on an Epson R3000.