News and Announcements

The Kayaker's Companion to Glacier Bay, my new book, released in February 2020!

Check out my new kayaking guide for Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. I've included over 350 photographs from my artwork collection. It's available here as a pdf (works on most e-readers and any device with Adobe Acrobat) and for much less than the tip on a dinner at the Glacier Bay Lodge!

This beautiful three-volume guide covers every inlet of Glacier Bay’s spectacular 760-mile-long wilderness coast. Find practical paddling logistics, campsites, extensive maps, and vital tips for dealing with 25-foot tides, brown bears, and icebergs. Ample photography helps each visitor locate stunning glaciers, emerald rainforests, and unsurpassed wildlife. While reading in the tent, dive into Muir’s “glacier gospel,” discover Huna Tlingit history, and learn how to spot the mythical Silent City, a mirage that swirled around Victorian-era steamships. Unearth fossils transplanted from Siberia, find glaciers that slipped on metaphorical banana peels, hunt “monstars,” and revel in the science of whale’s earwax, suck muck, blue bears, and more.

For best results, open the book on the largest screen you own. It's super high resolution, and the photography rewards large formats. And for the most accurate book-like presentation, I recommend selecting the Adobe Acrobat menu View->Page Display->Two Page Scrolling. This creates a nice two-page spread.

Thank you for your interest and for reading my labor of much love!

Download here!

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Nature's Resilience, High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, Nov. 23, 2019–Feb. 2020

Opening on November 23, two of my very large works will be featured in a museum exhibit about nature's recovery from floods and fire. If you are in Bend, Oregon, stop by the High Desert Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate.

From the museum's exhibit description: "Disturbances in the natural world can feel unsettling. But some, such as fires and floods, can be crucial to healthy High Desert ecosystems. In pine forests, rivers and sagebrush steppe, destruction can be a form of creation. How can a seemingly devastating event support new growth and diversity? Learn more about disturbances—and the human role in them—through this visually stunning exhibition."

One End of the Forest, Hand-Rudy Gallery at The Dairy in Boulder, May 11–June 17, 2018

After many years of challenging smoke-filled work, my fire portfolio will be coming to The Dairy Arts Center.

A burning forest is contradictions: horrifying but beautiful, preventable but an ecological necessity. After evacuating my Front Range home and fighting wildfires in New Mexico, I understand both the strange allure and the gut-wrenching fear. This portfolio focuses on the disconcerting art found in the smoke and flames of Front Range fires, both controlled burns in the winter and wild in the summer; but the photographs do not shy away from the destruction.

Viewers might be in awe of the firefighters’ dangerous and romantic job or upset about the clearcutting that aggravates wind-driven fires. My own reaction is one of confusion, torn between abstracted beauty, dread of the next big fire, and resentment of federal policies that promise fire mitigation but always fail to deliver. Despite the confusion, or perhaps because of it, photographing fires has been an artistic path to relief, helping me (and perhaps viewers) to understand the flames and the compelling work done by wildland firefighters.

The show opens May 11, 5-7 pm, and I'll be giving a brief informal presentation during a walk-through at the beginning of the evening. Hope to see you there! 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder CO.


Positive Manipulation, Rembrandt Gallery, February 15–May 8, 2017

I just finished hanging Positive Manipulation, a very fun show featuring 25 contemporary Boulder County talents who are pushing the boundaries of artistically-manipulated photography. Following in a long and beautiful tradition of altered imagery (think 1920's Man Ray, and 1940's Carlotta Corpon), this show focuses on obviously manipulated photographs. Along with Chris Brown and Paula Gillen, it was real treat to envision, plan, and be one of three jurors for this unique exhibit. I'm excited by the collection of artwork that we have assembled and hung with the assistance of Cindy Sepucha the Executive Director of Boulder Open Studios. And by request from the gallery manager, I have a small photograph and statement hanging in the show.

Positive Manipulation is part of the Month of Photography, a biennial celebration of photographic arts in the Denver-Boulder region.

Open Studios, 12-6 pm on the weekends of October 1-2 and 8-9, 2016

Come visit my studio! I have been selected for Boulder Open Studios again in 2016. This year I'll have several collections on display, including new wall-sized work from Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, and a few from recent fires in our area—part of my new Fire Portfolio. As in the past I'll have a number of prints from my Lawnmower Subversive series, a whimsical collection of wild grass photographs taken in the Colorado mountains.

Save the date on your calendar: 12-6 pm, Oct 1-2 and 8-9. Drive up beautiful Magnolia to see the stunning fall colors as well as some artwork!

I am Studio #5... Find your way up Magnolia out of Boulder Canyon and then follow the signs to Studio #5. And don't forget to visit some of the other wonderful Open Studios' artists who are nearby on Magnolia!

New Fire Portfolio

Colorado residents are wary of fire, but there is a seductive and primal beauty in the destructive flames.

After months of photographing wild and prescribed burns near Boulder, Colorado, I gained a tremendous amount of respect for wildland firefighters. They do a valuable, romantic, and difficult job. But in my artwork I draw a line between Forest Service firefighters who do good work, and Forest Service logging projects that do harm. Studies show that firefighting resources and fire-proof “defensible space” around dwellings will save many houses, but forest clearcutting has little likelihood of saving a home during a wildfire.

The artistic distinction is visible in my romantic portrayal of firefighters, my bleaker presentation of clearcuts, and my painful depiction of homes that survived an initial crown fire only to burn many hours later. Lingering embers crept through pine needles to light wooden decks, but it was long after the crown fire and the firefighters had moved elsewhere.

You can view the photographs at Fire Portfolio or from the menu on the left.

Wilderness Forever exhibit at Smithsonian, September 2014 - August 2015!

I’m excited to have another photograph in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History! A 40 by 30 inch print of the eagle and salmon shown to the right will be part the show Wilderness Forever. The exhibit opens September 2014 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This show is a perfect match for me -- there is nothing that I like to celebrate more than wilderness!

A Lawnmower Subversive—May 14 - Aug 9
Mon - Sat, 11:00-5:00pm at the Rembrandt Yard

This could be one of my favorite shows of the year and features a collection of playful wild grass photographs from my Lawnmower Subversive series. The amazing colors and shapes in my wild grass photographs are unaltered and just as I see them through the camera’s lens (i.e., no “photoshopping”). I love how our preconceived notions of green lawns are completely upturned by the amazing natural colors found in autumn’s wild grass. As part of the “subversive” fun, I’ll have a number of huge 6 foot and 4 foot prints that play with our sense of scale and highlight the beautiful shapes found in wild grass.

Open Studios Gallery @ Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302

p.s., I’m also sharing the gallery space with wonderful oil paintings by Theresa Beck and encaustics by Charli Ornette, so you can fill your visit with all kinds of great art!

Open Studios Gallery at the Rembrandt Yard
Entrance to the Rembrandt Yard with my artwork “Skinny Dancers” on the left, and Charli Ornette’s encaustic on the right.

A Taste of Art—June 18 - July 12 at the Dairy Center for the Arts

It's a celebration of all things food at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder! I have a couple of (very affordable) pieces juried into the show (see Shadows of a Tomato to the right). Join the fun at the opening of the exhibit on June 20, 4:00-7:00. In addition to great art on the walls, there's live music, live food painting, poets reading food-related poetry, and decorated cake art.

All of my other recent exhibition openings have been free and open to the public, but ticket sales for this special event benefit the Dairy and support its fantastic art programs.

Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

A Taste of Art

Color and Line—May 8 - June 11 at the Dairy Center for the Arts

I’m super excited about this exhibit featuring a collection from my wild grass portfolio in one of Boulder’s premier art venues. If you haven’t seen my grass photographs, the 14 pieces in this show reflect the amazing variety of natural colors and shapes seen in wild grass. If you thought grass was always green, it’s time to rethink and visit this show! If you can make the opening (May 8, 5:00pm), I’ll be giving a fun and accessible presentation about these unique photographs.

Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

p.s. The Rembrandt Yard exhibit (May 14 - Aug 9) also has a number of my wild grass photographs, including some larger 40 by 60 inch images that are great for Yoga Studios and other businesses!

Dairy Center for the Arts
A young visitor asks questions about some of the artwork in my exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder.

Common Ground: a presentation at the Colorado Nature Camera Club, 7:00pm, March 21, 2015

Thanks to the many who came by! I had a wonderful evening presenting trends in contemporary nature photography (think “postmodern critique of nature photography clichés”—now that’s a mouthful). I am very impressed by the quality of the club’s photography, and judging the member’s artwork in their monthly competition was only difficult because so much of it was absolutely spectacular.

I've Never Seen That Before!—New show at the Canyon Gallery, Boulder Public Library, March 7 through April 12, 2015

It's the "Month of Photography" in Colorado, and in addition to my solo show in Nederland (see below), I have several of my wild grass photos in a wonderfully eclectic show at the Canyon Gallery (Main Library, in downtown Boulder). I'm excited by my new wild grass collection, which features unaltered mountain meadow grasses in amazing true-to-life colors, all printed on beautiful cotton-rag papers that give each work a painterly quality. Here's a chance to see a few of these new pieces hanging alongside works by a number of friends and colleagues, all talented Boulder-area photographers. Do stop by!

1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

p.s. If you miss this show, then stay-tuned for another upcoming exhibit that will feature many more of my grass photographs!

Winter Escape—Solo show at Nederland Public Library, Jan 2 through March 26, 2015

If you are on your way through Nederland to ski, stop by the public library. Living in Colorado pretty much guarantees that you enjoy snow (that's me!), or tolerate snow, or grit your teeth sufficiently to survive the snow (that's my wife). Regardless, an occasional escape from the cold is nice too. In this small show, I'll have around 20 pieces on the library wall, all of them warm weather escapist photographs -- jungles of Dominica, deserts of Namibia, cacti of the Sonoran Desert, blue waters of the Bahamas... You get the idea. It's a photographic antidote for sub-zero 800 mph winter winds.

Voices of the Wilderness exhibit at Anchorage Museum, AK, through Feb 8, 2015.

Stop by and look at a beautiful collection of paintings and photographs from artists who have been inspired by and spent extensive time in the Alaskan wilderness. My work is a photograph selected by the National Park Service showing the beautiful blue waters and lupines of the Glacier Bay Wilderness Area. I spent a month kayaking this wilderness and photographing the amazing landscape, wildlife and abstract pattermns in the glaciers and icebergs. My photograph of an eagle on display in the Smithsonian is from this same collection.

Boulder County Artist-in-Residence, at Caribou Ranch July 28 - Aug 1, 2014

If you are hiking at the gorgeous Caribou Ranch Open Space, stop by and say hello. I'll be staying in the historic DeLonde Barn and doing artwork on the premises for the week of July 28 - Aug 1, 2014. It's part of the Boulder County Artist-in-Residence program, and I'm excited to be staying at my favorite Boulder County Open Space property. If you haven't visited Caribou Ranch, it has beautiful hiking trails, aspen groves, mountain meadows, waterfalls, historic mining structures, and of course, the historic barn (my temporary home!) and ranch house featured in the Bing Crosby and Slim Pickens movie "Stagecoach." Hope to see you!

Voices of the Wilderness exhibit at The Canvas Gallery, Juneau, AK, June, 2014.

Stop by and look at a beautiful collection of paintings and photographs from artists who have been inspired by and spent extensive time in the Alaskan wilderness. My work is a photograph selected by the National Park Service showing the beautiful blue waters and lupines of the Glacier Bay Wilderness Area. I spent a month kayaking this wilderness and photographing the amazing landscape, wildlife and abstract pattermns in the glaciers and icebergs. My photograph of an eagle going on display in the Smithsonian in September is from this same collection.

Louisville National Juried Photography Show, May 31 - June 8, 2014

Drop by and see my artwork at this wonderful show in downtown Louisville. There is a lot of superb photography in this exhibit, and I'm pleased that the jury selected one of my limited edition abstracts. The Louisville Center for the Arts is located at 801 Grant Avenue (it's easier to park a block south on Spruce Street).

Voices of the Wilderness exhibit at Sitka National Historic Park. March, 2014.

As an artistic celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I'm excited to be part of a traveling exhibition that starts at the Sitka National Historic Park and finishes at the Anchorage Museum almost a year later. If you happen to be in Sitka this March, stop by the National Park Visitor Center and take a look! The photographs and paintings were all inspired by extended trips into the wilderness sponsored by the Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence program. Stay tuned as the show travels throughout the state (Fairbanks, Juneau, Homer...).