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 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 become a large part of who I am today.
Being a seventh-generation Texan, my roots in this land run deep. As such, the principal theme that is found throughout my work is a great love and reverence for the land and history of the state of Texas. I have no interest in making photographs anywhere else.
My photography is driven by several factors, among them an inherent need to produce something of emotional value. I enjoy every step of the creative process, from an idea's conception to its realization. It feels as natural and critical to my survival as any other basic human necessity. But that alone has little meaning to me in and of itself, so, necessarily, I make images about places and subjects that I find significant.
Many of these places and subjects were special to me before I ever picked up a camera. It is my intention through photography to enrich previously made connections with them as well as create and develop new ones, and in the course of doing so express some part of myself.
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)