Biography
Originally I studied painting and sculpture. I took my first photography course primarily out of curiosity, but it soon became my preferred creative medium.

From 1998 to 2001, I worked as an artist in Egypt on a project documenting inscriptions on temple walls. During that time I continued with my photography, primarily concen-trating on the architectural space and details of ancient Egyptian monuments and the Islamic structures in Cairo.

I am still in interested in architectural images, but cannot confine myself to one genre alone. I tend to photograph whatever captures my eye or imagination. Since I began looking through a lens, I realized that I was searching for beauty with my camera. I will always be totally fascinated by the ability to capture a fleeting magical moment of beauty through the mechanism of light passing through a lens, and then being able to hand over that same moment to someone else.

Solo Exhibitions
2000 Images of Egypt, Sacred and Profane, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Hallowed Spaces, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 Visual Tranquility, Christopher Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
1982 Blackfriar's Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1981 Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1980 Solander Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Group Exhibitions
2012 Structure, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX
2011 My work is included in the online gallery for the On the Road: Travel Photography exhibition at Vermont Photography Workplace, Middlebury, VT. The exhibition catalogue is now available for preview and purchase directly from Blurb Books.
2009 Texas Photograhic Society Members Only Show, Dishman Art Center, Beaumont, TX
2008 High and Dry VIII, International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
2006 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Christopher Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL (by invitation)
2005 Sructures, The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago
2004 28th Annual Plaza Art Competition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago
2002 Let There Be Light, Christopher Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
Beauty in Ruins, ArchiTech, Chicago, IL
2001 Member and Guest, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Chicago in Egypt, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
The Prints of Egypt, ArchiTech, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 The Alternative Cow Show, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Art 2 Art, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 Small Works: Artists-in-Residence, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Westmoreland Art Nationals, Youngwood, PA
1991 Photo '91, Gallery 100, Cape Giradeau, MO
Published Work
Sacredness of Space, "KMT," Vol. 12, Number 4, 2001
Awards
Artists Emerge, online juried competition, Series, 2009, 1st Place
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention, 2008, 2009
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2008, 2009
Education
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL (Photography)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (BA Studio Arts)
Affiliations
Chicago Artists Coalition
Texas Photographic Society
Collections
Akin, Gumps, Strauss, Hauer & Feld Law Firm
LaSalle Bank
Liberty Graphics
Pusateri Design
Republic Windows and Doors
(various private collections)
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