Fine Art Landscape Photographer
I picked up my first camera at about eight years old. It was my Dad’s. It didn’t have any film in it, but I would go around clicking the shutter and pretending I was taking spectacular pictures.
Growing up near the Grand Canyon was wonderful. Jacob Lake Inn (our family business) is only 44 miles from the North Rim. I used to look through the travel magazines we sell, magazines like Arizona Highways, and imagine what it would be like to take pictures like that. I took many photographs but mine never looked as good.
Finally, I met Rodger Newbold. He is the director of photography at the Salt Lake Art Center. Taking a year of classes from him brought me, finally, into the world of quality photography. We have formed a great friendship that has lasted over thirty years. Since then it has been trial and error, calling Rodger with questions, and reading every book I could get my hands on.
I received a B.S. from the University of Utah and a M.S. from the University of Missouri, both in Civil Engineering. After several years working in the construction industry, I went back to work with my family near the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Living so close to so many national parks remotivated me to explore and photograph the area around me. The encouragement of several family members (especially my neice Julie and my sister-in-law Melinda) got me to display and sell my work.
I continue to work hard on my skills. I look at pictures I took a year ago and see that today I know how to make them better. I have enjoyed so much having people talk to me about the joy my pictures have brought them. I feel deeply blessed that I live so close to such beauty.
I also want to express my gratitude to Teresa and Tonya, owners of Sorella Gallery in Springdale, UT. They have given me a great opportunity and, especially Teresa, have pushed me to take more and better pictures. I really appreciate all they have done for me. I also want to thank my good friend, Ross Glauser, for introducing me to Teresa in the first place. Thanks Ross!
I have a wonderful wife (who has always believed in me), Shayne, and five children: Matt Jr, Jayne, Hannah, Thomas and Daniel. We live in St. George, Utah.