Born in Philadelphia and raised in Southern Maryland I was fortunate to grow up amongst the rolling hills and horse farms of the Chesapeake Bay. I had a very active imagination and a strong need for discovery.  Along with my two brothers I explored every possibility within that landscape for creativity.
My interest in photography came from my father.  He always had a slideshow for us whenever he returned from a trip abroad.  When I was 13 my brother Rick was given a Nikon camera with three lenses which we shared.  We went to a craft school on a local naval base where they had a darkroom.  That’ where I became proficient in developing film and learned the basics of printing. Rick and Phil eventually settled on medicine, whereas I took a road less traveled. 

A Chronology of sorts:

In 1976 I began in earnest my lifelong pursuit of photography.  Unlike many photographers, I have an intimate understanding of art from the Renaissance period onward.  I continue to learn and find inspiration in art of all types.  From the time I took my first photograph it was about 10  years before started producing work I felt worthy of showing.

In 1986 I opened a commercial studio in Dallas, Texas.  This is where I started to formalize a method of working which incorporated a style of painting and photography. In addition to my commercial work I developed a reputation as skilled portrait artist. Compared to commercial work, portraits are the most challenging type of photography due to the human interaction.  I think I capture people well. My commercial work eventually got in the way of true creativity. So I left my studio in 1997 to move West.  I’ve been in Northern California ever since.  Here I’ve refreshed my vision and continue to grow as an artist.  

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