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1961 : Born, London, England
1962 to 1990 : Las Vegas, NV
1990 to 1991 : Vagabond Artist
1991 to present : Los Angeles, CA

“If we seek to truly see each other and grow our connections from a place of sincerity, empathy, and acknowledgment of others and the world around us; what we create, and the impact we leave, will have long-lasting reach and effect.”
 
My story as an artist began in the early 80s, when, after graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, I opened my first studio in Las Vegas, Nevada—a mod little space constructed from the remains of a 3000-square foot citrus warehouse. It was there my roots formed as I worked non-stop producing, photographing, and directing projects ranging from nightlife to leisure, portraiture to lifestyle, wild animals to intricate special effects, entertainment to advertising.
 
I was in my mid-twenties, young, evolving, and thirsty for experience. A fresh set of eyes in a city full of energy as my business expanded faster than imaginable. Not ready for the degree of success that came my way, I lived fast and fell hard. It was a decade where I grew up through experiences too numerous to share in this biography. Bright and dark memories that, to this day, are foundational subtext to the perspectives grounding the important value I place on humanity, integrity and artistic expression.
 
In my thirties, as the Las Vegas chapter hit its pinnacle; I faced a creative, spiritual, and emotional Do-or-Die. Driven by a hunger for growth and culture, I realized I had reached a professional and personal crossroads. So, I decided to close my Las Vegas shop to travel the cities of Europe; exchanging security and predictability for a vagabond life in further experiencing risk, history, culture and people. It was an uncharted time, a living out of a backpack and suitcase journey where I navigated a roller coaster of personal challenges, diverse languages, cityscapes and customs. A week-by-week schedule of country-connecting train rides and hostel stays where each day I looked into the mirror of who I was as I peeked over the edge of financial ruin. It was life-change to the fullest. My savings wrapped around my waist as I survived on cash pulled out of a hidden money belt. A character and spirit-forming trek that, in the end, left me homeless and stripped to the most simple lifestyle and reflections of my myself. Yet, under it all, a great blessing was gifted to me—the birth of my cultural outlook, spirituality and storytelling curiosity.
 
Ultimately, I settled in Los Angeles—home to my current chapter, and base camp for my endless desire to open windows where we can see the value of our diversity, the impact we each have on a world we share, and the importance of practicing empathy and conviction in both our resolve and conflict.
 
I am a firm believer in less-is-more, and although I have expanded into the complexity of photo-narrative projects, writing, speaking, filmmaking, mixed media and podcasting, I stand true to a plain and modest mission: To craft thoughtful works that stimulate deep consideration of what might be in the heart and mind of others, and maybe even ourselves.
 
When I am not making photographs, producing films, writing, recording or working on outreach, you’ll most likely find me on the streets interviewing strangers; doing what I can to invite those around me to laugh (or feel a heartfelt thought) in sharing my life found stories; or doing my most favorite thing of all, spending time with my wife, daughter and our two dysfunctional dogs.

Partial List of Commissions
1985-2020

Nikon, Verizon, Publicis, Panasonic, PepsiCo, BBDO, Nestlé, Toyota, Disney Store, Botox, Johnson & Johnson, Ogilvy, Abbott Laboratories, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Suave, Allergan, United Airlines, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Playstation, Disney Records, California Department of Health Services, Hill & Knowlton, Converse, Subway, Southern California Edison, FDA, Heidelberg, Abbott, Florida Department of Health Services, JWT, E-Verify, 24 Hour Fitness, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE), Unisource, AltaMed, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Hilton, Xerox, FairChance, Nevada Division of Tourism, United Health Care, Hertz, Walmart, Bally’s, Cisco, FIAA, Lockheed Martin, Transamerica, UPS, Energy Star, The Richards Group, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, FCB, Gillette, Dunlop, RPA, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, Lowe+Partners, Paramount Studios, United States Tennis Association, McCann Worldgroup, AT&T

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