I grew up on a strange, small mainly mink farm in Iowa, where we also dabbled in the husbandry of everything from pigs to peacocks. I spent my days, as I do now, behind the lens of a camera (my mother’s). As a teen, I left the menagerie and tried my hand at everything from dealing cards at a casino in Iowa to carpentry and trapping in the woods, fueling patron’s spirits as a bartender and projecting films. Suddenly, life uprooted me and I was unknowingly thrust onto my path: going to art school. My childhood behind the lens and my love for all that is visual showed my feet where to go. I studied experimental new media, and in May of 2010, I graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree and the Mentorship Award. The next day I was offered my first job with Discovery in Alaska.
My life has never been the same since.
Since 2010 I have been splitting my time between keeping warm in the woods and working in both adventure television jobs and on group based creative projects. From learning to survive in the woods to learning how to shoot in the challenging terrains of the backcountry, the past years have taught me to be quick on my feet and learn to innovate or miss the shot. This lifestyle has both forced and inspired me to constantly explore my environment and my craft which continues to translate into some of my best work, both in the wild and in the concrete jungles I’ve worked in.
Currently I reside in Alaska, where I am homesteading land in the Wrangell Mountains. My first priority was putting up a temporary studio, followed by the necessity to feed myself, which lead to my treehouse kitchen (which also made bear-proofing my new number one priority) . Until my cabin is built, I’ll take advantage of the view of a life without walls and enjoy the show.