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.