(It’s not) about me

Welcome to my website and artwork. I hope you’ll spend a few minutes and poke around. The artwork I have for sale is posted in my two galleries. All other images are posted in the archive links to the right. I call these My Daily Offerings. Why MDOs? Because I’ve been blessed so much in life it’s one small way I can give back. Thanks again for visiting! Here’s a little more info about me…

Born in the 1950’s, I grew up in an Ozzie and Harriet world. It was much simpler back then. Life was slower – less complex. A homemaker mom, a dad who was home every night after work, and supper around the table with my three older brothers was the norm. Life was carefree in a controlled sort of way. Kids played in the street and we rode our bikes anywhere our feet could pedal – without the fear of modern day concerns.

It wasn’t a perfect world, but it was my world, a simple world filled with wonder. It was also in this world that I learned the principles which now guide my life and work. I remember the hard work of my grandparents. My paternal grandfather, a.k.a. Daddyran, was a blacksmith until he was 85 years old. “Tough as a pine knot,” my dad would say of him. My grandmother, Momoran, took care of everything else! I’ll never forget the smell of her homemade light bread or the taste of vine ripened tomatoes fresh out of her garden! My other grandparents, Virgil and Lucy Weeks, co-owned and operated the Senate Theater. I think an adult admission was 35 cents back then. When we visited I got to sit in the projector room during the movie and help granddad rewind the reels while grandmom (we never called her grandma!) sat in the box office and managed concessions – ten cents each for popcorn and a Coke.

These were special times – these were special people. More importantly – godly people. My grandparents and parents, along with numerous family members, had great influence on me growing up, and now, decades later, shape my life and work.

However, another part of my world wasn’t so simple. In my early 20’s, I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, dyslexia, and other co-morbidities. This helped explain some of my struggles growing up and why pictures were/are so important to me, but words on a page – not so much!

So, what’s the point of all this? My calling, with photography as my medium, is to “make images that matter.” Images that promote a wonder-filled world of what life and guiding principles can still look like.

My images, simple in nature, are visual metaphors that take me back to those times of exploring the world around me – always wondering, always wandering.

As you view my galleries, I encourage you to move past the aesthetics and discover your own story. Allow yourself to wonder and wander a bit. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear your story.

Now for the non-important stuff…

I’ve exhibited nationally and internationally while receiving various awards. I am available for presentations, meet the artist discussions, workshops, and other appropriate venues.

My wife, Kathleen, and I reside in St. Charles, MO.

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