As a nature photographer, the time I spend in the field is invaluable; nature is my classroom. This has been true since I was a child, and continues to have significance for me as a life-long Alaskan. For three years my parents and I lived completely off-the-grid, deep in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Living in a temperate rainforest that receives more than thirteen feet of annual rainfall is not easy. When you live in the wilderness, day to day living revolves around your ability to observe nature: the weather, tides, and seasons.
While learning my surroundings, I formed a deep connection with the natural world. A connection essential to my artistic process today. As a child, I was fascinated by the surrounding scenery; from the cleansing smell of fresh rainfall to an awe-inspiring sunset to the wonder of rain splattering on calm ocean surface. My childhood admiration for beauty in the Alaskan wild developed into a nature-inspired artistic intuition. Being in nature immediately grounds me in the present. I see beautiful images everywhere and my creativity comes alive. Now, as an adult, when I witness these moments I’m inspired to create and share them as photographs.