I was born and raised in rural Missouri. I departed after high school and joined the United States Air Force. I spent time at Norton AFB, CA and RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, England. It was during this time that I became interested in photography at a VERY, VERY, VERY, basic level! Most of my photos were captured with 110 cameras and disposable 35mm cameras. Although I yearned for better equipment, I lacked the knowledge and monetary resources that could take me to the next level. I soon found myself pursuing a B.S.- Geology degree at Northern Arizona University. My photography interests remained...but my skills continued to stagnate! I followed my B.S. Degree with graduate school at the University of Toledo...departing two years later with a M.S. Degree in Geology! I moved to Arizona immediately after graduation. With my education behind me and my career moving forward...I decided to get more involved with photography!