I grew up in southern California during the 60s and 70s surfing the waves whenever I could get to the beach. In junior high I took a photography class and I've been hooked ever since. I got a BA degree in photography at Brooks Institute in 1978, but by the time I graduated I realized that I was a lot more interested in the art of photography than the business of photography. So, to pay the bills, I went to work in residential construction with my brother and dad for about 4 years until I decided to pursue my other passion, aviation, and a desire to serve my country. I joined the U.S. Air Force and spent 20 years as a combat search and rescue (CSAR) navigator which also gave me the opportunity to travel and see many parts of the U.S. and Europe.
After I retired from the USAF (about 13 years ago), I got back into photography--digital photography in particular. I love the ease, control, and freedom that digital photography provides. I also enjoy experimenting in Photoshop to create interesting artistic effects. I've always loved hiking and the outdoors so most of my work is based in the natural world--land and seascapes and macro/close-up. I consider myself a photographic artist--my primary purpose is always to create something beautiful and to communicate the feeling of awe and wonder that I feel when I witness the incredible beauty of the natural world.
My wife and I lived in Maine for about 10 years and we recently moved to Cottonwood AZ. I'm having a great time exploring the Sedona Red Rock Country region. BTW, my wife, Patty Caldwell, makes incredible quilts and you can see her work at: The Butterfly Quilter Because my wife makes quilts, I got interested in fabric design and you can see my fabrics at: My SPOONFLOWER Shop Thanks for stopping by and checking out my FAA gallery. (Of course, it goes without saying, all my images are copyright protected)