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I am a Chicago native, and currently reside in the Pilsen neighborhood of the city near 18th Street and Racine with my wife Cecily and my baby girls Maya Rain and Mariposa Sol. I am an active artist in the community, with work also having been displayed nationally at the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art (Las Cruces, NM), and the Lyceum Theater Gallery [San Diego, CA].
I have been working photographically and in digital media for 15 years, starting with the illustration software Corel Draw 3 and Adobe Photoshop 2.0, while a graphic design student.
I earned an Associate degree in Graphic Arts in 1994 from Robert Morris College [Chicago], and a bachelors degree from Columbia College (Chicago). I graduated with an ‘Undeclared’ major status, in order to focus my attention on photography courses instead of design courses. I am now on my second grad school vying for an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University.
I began teaching fulltime for the International Academy of Design & Technology, formerly known as the International Academy of Merchandising and Design, in 1999. In 2004 I jumped ship to a sister school of IADT to begin teaching full-time in the Digital Photography Department of Harrington College of Design (Chicago), where I currently teach beginning and advanced digital imaging, illustration and print technologies to the next generation of commercial photographers.
My primary cameras are the Canon 40D, the Canon 10D converted to IR, and a Leaf Aptus 17MP digital back for my Mamiya 645AFD, for studio work.
My work does not conform to any one style, which allows me the freedom to experiment with traditional photographic techniques in a digital medium, interpreting and illustrating visions from dreams and emotional states. I typically create for myself, and am happy if others find joy in the work.
The artwork featured on this website is a collection of works expanding my career as a designer/artist.