Born and raised in Dallas, Texas; I began photography in high school with an old 35mm Nikon SLR given by my father for a photojournalism class. Took a black and white film course in college, but earned a B.S. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. I worked as a photographer in a portrait studio after graduation, before moving on to research. For three years I worked in visual science research labs involved in investigating a gene therapy for retinitis pigmentosa, and signal transduction pathways in glaucoma.
I'm currently a student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, working on my doctorate in neuroscience. As a member of a neuroendocrinology lab, my research focuses on the interplay of hormones in areas of the brain involved in memory and learning in the context of brain aging and neurodegeneration. My project encompasses evaluating age-related changes in expression levels of key nodes within the estrogen signaling cascade that are relevant to cognitive function.
My enthusiasm and admiration of the processes of life and science inspire me to endlessly search to capture the beauty of the world. My knowledge of photography comes from curiosity, experience, constant practice, and experimentation. I seek to convey not merely a subject, but rather, a feeling. My thirst for adventure and new experiences push me to continually evolve my vision, and the will to learn and experiment drive me to create images. My hope is that my images rouse a curiosity in others.
My photography has been published on various websites including National Geographic. The Fort Worth Zoo uses my photography on their website and on postcards, magnets, and other merchandise (uncredited). My work has also been exhibited and sold at LuminArte Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Although I consider myself primarily a landscape and nature photographer, I also do portraits. If you are interested in my photography, are looking for portraits, like to discuss photography, or have any questions at all, feel free to contact me.