Photographer, photo educator, and principal of ‘Novelda Editions’.
My passion for photography began with a ‘Kodak Brownie Hawkeye’ at age 12. I was intrigued with the mechanics of the camera and the magic of the darkroom. My initial passion let me to explore historical photographic processes. My journey into historical processes created a desire to study these processes as part of the history of art. Upon completion of my BFA in Art History from Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, I received an MFA in photography from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. At SIU I concentrated on two historical photographic processes, specifically photogravure and carbon printing.
I have taught photo workshops in the U.S. and Europe and for 15 years I was an adjunct professor teaching various subjects in photography at four Universities in St. Louis, MO.
In 1990 I was selected by the Eastman Kodak Company to serve as their ‘Corporate Ambassador’ at the Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, a position I held for 15 years. My responsibilities included conducting summer photo programs for visitors to the park and creating images of the ‘Southwest’ for the Kodak Company.
In 2000 I was the recipient of the 'International Grand Prize Award' granted by the International Photo Imaging Education Association. With that honor my work was featured in a yearlong traveling exhibit to 45 venues worldwide .
In 1986 I began a project creating portraits of the poets and artisans at the ‘National Cowboy Poetry Gathering’ in Elko, Nevada. This project is now in its 36th year and the collection contains portraits of over 1,100 individuals and more than 40,000 images.
I continue to create personal projects, which include limited edition portfolios. My recent journey has been into the world of wet-plate collodion, tintypes and ambrotypes.