Born and raised in Austin, Texas and currently residing in Leander, Texas, I have been experiencing the outdoors since I was old enough to walk, accompanying my father and grandfather to the family ranch on a weekly basis. I first picked up a camera in 2001 on a three week trip to Hawaii to visit an aunt during summer break while attending the University of Texas. I spent much of those three weeks exploring the Big Island and making images, loving every minute of it. I didn’t produce anything of quality on that trip, but the foundation was laid for something that would grow to become a huge part of who I am today.
My photography is driven by several forces, perhaps the strongest coming from the inherent need I have to produce something of emotional value, primarily for myself, and secondarily for others. I enjoy every step of the creative process, from an idea’s conception to its realization. It feels as natural and necessary to my survival as drawing breath. But the creative process alone has no meaning if its execution is not an expression of love. So, necessarily, I make images of places that are significant to me for one reason or another. Those places can all be found between the Red and Rio Grande in Texas. I have no interest in spending time elsewhere.
There is more value for me in the experience of making a photograph than the actual photograph itself. Solitude is a necessary component of my creative process, and I am only truly at peace with it when alone with my thoughts somewhere devoid of the sounds of humanity.
July 18, 2016 – August 14, 2016
“Journey Into Big Bend” – One image as part of a group exhibition
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
April 15, 2013 – May 15, 2013
“Texas Hill Country Waterways” – Five images in a solo exhibition
Austin Public Library (Cepeda Branch)
Available upon request.