My desire for storytelling and passion for the arts led me to the University of Cincinnati where I studied Fine Art Photography at DAAP and continued in Motion, Picture, and Television for my graduate degree from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I studied Producing and Editing.
Spending my life with two teachers as parents, I have always taken comfort in front of a group of eager eyes that are looking for guidance to spark their inspiration. For the past twenty-five years I have been an educator and mentor to young photographers, filmmakers, and artists, guiding them to achieve their fullest potential. My journey in education started with an Introduction to Photoshop class. This class was the next spark that ignited my love for the computer and the digital medium. Being able to explore the idea of compositing helped to bring the stories I would imagine as a child to life.
I have a style for juxtaposing reality with my imagination to create imagery that speaks on many layers. Everyone has a story to tell and with my desire for storytelling my film projects and human interest pieces bring light to those real life stories. With my camera and computer anything I envision can come into fruition. I want my projects to inspire the viewer to not dwell on challenges, but to live for the love that is life..
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Master Instructor Award from the OACC
Best Editing for a Short Film
Best Sound Design for a Short Film
Best Photography Assignment of The Year
Instructor of the Year
Instructor of the Term
This image was shot on a photography hike around a park by Gatlinburg, TN. Photograph by TN Rick Elliott
This image was a composite I created in my classroom for an Advance Compositing class. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!
This was a behind the scene shot of my portrait session with Dean "Heardheaded" Stiltner at DAMCO Mine in Pikeville, KY.
This was an amazing Christmas gift I received from Ricky Henry during my tenure at Antonelli College.
This is an image of myself working during graduate school. I was editing one of my final thesis projects. It's in our Blood A Coal Miners Journey.
This portrait was taken by Matthew O'Pry for my ASMP Photography Assignment of the Year 2006 Display. This award was given to myself and Gordon Morioka for our documentary about Kentucky coalminers.