Artist's Statement

Areas of Preservation

My home town of Dubuque, Iowa, is in the southwestern most corner of the Driftless Region, nestled into the limestone bluffs of the Mississippi River. I grew up among Dubuque's nooks and crannies, steep hills, and crooked streets.

I've always loved the outdoors. As a child I would anxiously arise each summer morning and park myself on the rickety backyard swing, soaking up the sunshine and taking in the songs of the birds.

I suppose there was a sense of wanderlust instilled into me at a young age. Although my family never traveled anywhere particularly significant, we often took Sunday drives to local destinations. We would stop along the way to observe birds, wildflowers, and sometimes setting free, strands of milkweed into the wind.

When I was in college, I traveled to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. It was here that I first documented a landscape with such a monumental form. An early evening hike atop the dunes showed me the force of nature when suddenly the wind had strongly picked up, pushing the sand gently across the ridges.

Since that first trip, my time in the wilderness has been spent mostly alone, photographing some of the most pristine areas in the United States. Armed with minimal equipment and a reverence for nature and its elements, I have hiked through rainforests, walked out into the desert, skinny-dipped in mountain lakes, paddle through swamps, and camped under starry nights.

My art is motivated by a fascination with exploring and recording everything in giving the landscape its form. Geologically speaking, why do sand dunes exist in southern Colorado? How did groves of redwood trees survive for hundreds of years? How many millions of years did it take to form that canyon? It is these questions that fuel my curiosity and y inquiries of any landscape.