I starting falling in love with art making around the age of 10 when on a family vacation I was bugging my dad so much that he let me use his old Polaroid camera just to keep me busy. Instantly I fell in love with how photography could capture a moment in time with the click of a button. When we got home, he gave me the medium format camera he picked up on his way back from the Philippines during WWII, and let me explore photography a bit further. Now, since we really didn't have any art instruction when I was in school, by the time I got to jr. high my interest in music took over and I began to start playing percussion in various orchestras and bands, which kept me busy through high school. However, in the back of my mind I somehow knew I would return to photography in a more serious manner. Then it happened…BOOM! I was a junior in high school (go Spartans!) and I found myself in front of George Seurat’s ‘Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte’ when this little voice inside told me…THIS IS IT! This is what I was supposed to do with the rest of my life. Though I kept playing music, through my college years, I made sure to give art making, a priority in some capacity mainly through photography [believe me I have binders upon binders of negs to prove it]. Then after enrolling at ISU I met the photo professor Greg Erf [or just plain Erf, as we called him] and he helped set the path that eventually brought me to teaching.
So God does have a plan for us, you just never know how or when he will put that plan into action.