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I grew up in Holland, Michigan, and traveled the world before making my home in Honolulu, Hawaii. In early adulthood I sailed the seven seas traveling aboard ship to exotic locales such as Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Africa, Turkey, Israel, Gibraltar, The Canary Islands and many other far-flung ports o' call. While receiving my education at Ferris State University I worked as a boat wright restoring classic, Chris-Craft wooden runabouts.
I enjoyed a career as a technical illustrator providing drawings for manuals for some of the worlds largest office furniture manufacturers, including Herman Miller, where I had the opportunity to study and draw the classic mid-century modern furniture of Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and George Nelson. Close proximity to Chicago afforded frequent visits to the Art Institute of Chicago bringing inspiration from some of the world's greatest painters and photographers as well as the chance to study the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
At the millennium I moved to Hawaii where the lush landscape and warm climate inspired a change of pace. I founded AI Design Studio focusing on web design and graphic design. I also formed partnership with one of Hawaii's renowned photo journalists, Brett Uprichard, and we soon launched Big Bamboo Stock Photography, a Hawaii stock photo agency focusing on imagery of the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. This has led to the production of numerous children's and pictorial books as well as providing images for album covers, advertising and editorial.
For eight years I have worked as a photo assistant to some of the worlds most high-profile photographers in the fields of fashion, sport, surf and travel. This wealth of experience has provided the opportunity to work with a vast array of talented artists and designers from around the world.
While exploring the Hawaiian Islands I've discovered some of the worlds most beautiful scenery, inspiring a photographic portfolio of evocative landscapes. Another keen interest is documenting the largest urban population center in the Pacific Ocean. Extensive travels the world over continue to provide inspiration to a wandering eye.