I am a photographer in Spokane, Washington, who occasionally writes books (Year of Plenty) and pastors churches. I am currently mostly taking pictures, doing art shows, and working with commercial photo clients. This site is a gathering place for my eclectic mix of creative pursuits.
I am a graduate of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with a degree marketing, but I was born in Pullman to WSU Cougar parents. I have Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
After being ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in 1997, I served as a Pastor at Clear Lake Presbyterian in Houston, TX, down the road from Johnson Space Center, and most recently at Millwood Presbyterian in Spokane, WA. In June of 2018, I decided to step away from my role as Pastor at Millwood and explore life as a full-time photographer.
I bought my first digital camera during our family’s year-long experiment with local consumption. You’ll have to read the book about our experience to figure out how our rules allowed for me to buy a Nikon camera made in Thailand, but that is what got me started. The camera opened up a reservoir of creative energy, and love for nature, that led me on a series of awe-inspiring encounters - from the small, delicate world of wildflowers and butterflies, to the grand horizons of night skies, and the mystery of snowy owls. When I had a camera in hand, it seemed there was a pioneering adventure around every corner, if only I would pay attention.
In 2014, while on sabbatical for a writing project, I was stopped in my tracks by Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. During 6 months of chemo, radiation, and surgery, I set a goal of doing an art show, and that summer of 2015 I set up a booth at Spokane Artfest and sold my first prints. That set me on a path of developing a business that now includes fine-art sales, digital licensing, and commercial clients. Go HERE to learn more about my business.
The cancer is now in remission, and I’m excited for this next season of creative pursuits, with this site as a place to explore and share what I am learning along the way.