“I was born in the Northern Minnesota Village of Hibbing which is located in the heart of the Mesabi Iron Range and the Quetico-Superior Forest and Canoe Country. As Kids we spent summers in a log cabin on an island at Big Sturgeon Lake. What a great way to grow up!
I started playing the piano when I was about four, which ultimately led to a Bachelor of Arts in music at St Catherine’s College in St. Paul Minnesota. After graduating, I was rather at a loss as to a life career until I saw a touring company production of “The Pajama Game”. The proverbial light bulb lit up and off I went to Hollywood to be in “Show biz”. I actually did some work on “My Three Sons”, Family Affair”, and “Bonanza” plus a movie with Don Knotts (Shakiest Gun in the West).
Then I got into TV production through the production supervisor on “My Three Sons”. He was a great mentor and taught me well. Consequently I was given an opportunity to work with the writer/producers of “Mission Impossible”. While working on that series I became interested in directing. Barbara Bain and Martin Landau were instrumental in getting me into the Actor’s Studio West directing unit. Although I did some experimental stage directing, my ultimate goal was to do film. To do that I needed to learn about the camera in order to speak with the director of photography with some degree of intelligence. And that’s how I fell into still photography with a cinematic point of view.
So there you have it-a self taught wanna-be director; still looking through the lens as though it’s going to be a movie and “freeze framing” when I see the moment.
I started with film and after forty years, I still work with film. All the images you see on this website were shot on film. “