When I finished my undergraduate degree in science in December 1971, I was immediately on my way to my first job as a second lieutenant in a 155SP artillery battalion in Europe. The good news is that 1) I had a job that was something I could relate to in that artillery is all about mathematics and that 2) I would get to travel all over Europe, something this Texas boy had not yet managed to do. Since I was going to have the opportunity to visit countries I had never been to, I decided it would be smart to buy a camera. I went to the PX (post exchange) and bought my first camera, a Nikon equipped with a 28mm lens. To be honest I didn’t have a clue how to use the camera and like so many people I didn’t bother to read the manual that came along with that beautiful piece of 1971 camera technology.
After taking hundreds, if not thousands, of really awful photographs, I decided it was time to figure out how to make the best use of this device. Needless to say I had already spent a lot of good money having bad images processed (I still have boxes of really bad photographs in my closet). That’s when I started reading everything I could get my hands on that had some relation to what the art of photography really was. I also learned how to process my own film by going to the base photography lab.
Fast forward to 1975. I resigned my commission when I made captain and immediately did two things. First I got a job at a major film processing plant with the main benefit being my film would be processed for free. The second thing I did was to go back to my alma mater and sign up for the arts program. I took drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and art history classes (art history was without a doubt the most beneficial of all the courses, especially the history of the Renaissance.)
Now it’s the late 70’s and early 80’s and I’m working at UT Southwestern Medical School as a medical photojournalist during the day while simultaneously teaching photography classes for adults in the evening at one of the local junior colleges. I stayed at UTSW for five years. My next job was a financial loan corporation where I did some photography but mostly computer art, ninety-nine percent of which was financial slides for presentations. Tiring of creating computer slides, I joined up with two other individuals, an artist and a videographer, and together we started an art and photography business that unfortunately was unsuccessful. Later two of us from the previous endeavor joined up with a Dallas hospital chain that was growing in the area and created a media department that served the hospital with art, still photography and video production.
During all of this time, I continued to read and study the work of photographers like Ansel Adams, Eugene Smith (my favorite), Minor White, Edward Weston and many, many others.
In 1996, I became an on premise contractor for the same hospital where I had previously been an employee. The contractor relationship lasted until 2012 and later evolved into a freelance business where now I have the freedom to provide photographic services for anyone that needs my skill set. Hospitals are my most active clients because of my history but I also work with a number of non-medical clients. I’m provided with an empty space in one of the professional buildings on the hospital’s campus.
My focus now is in creating photographic projects. The “Big Bend Project” has been ongoing for the last 15 years and will continue, The “Facebook Project” took two years to complete and the “Terlingua Project” took one and a half years. “The Haiti Project” lasted only one week but without a doubt was the one that influenced me the most.
I have also embraced fine art cell phone and plastic camera images that have actually been financially beneficial.
I like to think that the work I do now is similar to the kind created by Adams, Weston, Smith, etc. and
I figure I’ve got a few good years left to get better.
Recently Published Work
Artzbeat, Vol 6/No 2, Winter 2013, “From Here to Haiti”, pages 8-9
Images AZ, July/August 2012, “Hands On in Haiti” , pages 34 – 37, 10 documentary images accompanying article on Haiti Medical Mission.
B&W + Color Magazine, B&W Special Issue, 2011 Black and White Portfolio Contest Winners, Issue 84, August 2011, pages 112-113, Merit Award Winner, 3 images
Art Connection Magazine, Winter/Spring 2009-10, insert photo “Floating #2”
Coming up June 16th, 2017, “Big Bend & Terlingua Project Images”, Big Bend Museum in Alpine, Texas
January 2015 – June 31st, 2015, “Big Bend Photographs”, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX
February 2014 – March 2014, “Haiti”, International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, 601 Indiana Ave., Lubbock, TX
January 2013 – May 2013, “Haiti”, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX
July 27th – September 6th, 2011, “West Texas and Big Bend Photo Project”, The Belmont Hotel located at 901 Ft. Worth Avenue , Dallas, TX 75208
June – July 2007, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas, TX
January 7 – April 26, 2013, Library at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library, color images from Big Bend, TX
November 10 – December 15, 2012, “Microcosm” Juried show for members of “Art Professionals of Texas”, Dallas, Texas
June 25th – 26th, 2010, 2 X 2 X 10 at “Times Ten Cellars”, Dallas, Texas
March 2010 – One night show at “Times Ten Cellars”, Fort Worth, TX
February 2010 – April 2010, UTEP Centennial Museum El Paso, Texas. “The Best of High and Dry” (U.S. Southwest)
January 15th, 2010 – April 15th, 2010, UT Southwestern Medical School Library, Dallas, TX
November 2nd – November 30th, 2009, Verizon Headquarters Visiting Artist Gallery, Dallas, TX
June 2009 -May 2010, Colonnade Business Center Lobby, Dallas, TX
Juried Shows – Accepted Artwork
2016 “High and Dry XVI”, Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies ((ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Amy Holmes
2015 “High and Dry XV”, Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies ((ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Miguel Gandert
2015 “Travel”, March 30TH, 2015 – May 17TH, 2015, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juried by Alice Wright
2014 “High and Dry XIV” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Jean Caslin
2014 “Members Show”, July 19, 2014 – August 11, 2014. Third Place Award, Professional Division. Prize Awards juried by Vicki Meek, Artist, Educator and Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center.
2014 “Hipstamatic Show”, February 22, 2014 – March 29, 2014, Juried show A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, Juried by Mario Estrada
2012 “High and Dry XII” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies ((ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Luther Smith
2011 “Shooting Alpine Photo Contest” “A Mountain” Award, Juried by Wymen Meinzer
2011 “High and Dry XI” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by O. Rufus Lovett
2010 “High and Dry X” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Roy Flukinger
2010 “Art and the City”, Creative Arts Center Dallas, TX, Juried by Frances Grinsfelder, Vicki Meek and Nancy Cohen Israell.
2010 “Members Show”, Honorable Mention, Irving Arts Center, Irving TX. Juried by Sue Flynn.
2008 “High and Dry VIII” Exhibition, 2nd Place, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by D. Clarke Evans.
2007 “High and Dry VII” Exhibition, Honorable Mention, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Norman Mauskopf.
2006 “High and Dry VI” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by June Van Cleef.
2005 ”High and Dry V” Exhibition, Third Place, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS),Texas Tech University. Juried by Joel Salcido.
2004 “High and Dry IV” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas TechUniversity. Juried by Patrick Nagatani.
(Two accepted images from High and Dry III and two from High and Dry IV were also part of the World of Water Exhibition at The Witte Museum in San Antonio in 2005.)
2003 “High and Dry III” Exhibition, International Center for Arid and Semiarid Lands Studies (ICASALS), Texas Tech University. Juried by Jean Caslin.
Collections, Permanent Public
Grace Museum, Abilene, TX
Anthem oil & Gas
601 West Texas Ave.
Midland, TX 79701
Law Firm of Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer & Kern
6688 North Central Expressway, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75206
Dr. and Mrs Thomas Wilson
Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Mathematics – 1971, University of Texas at Arlington.
Additional hours in fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, art history) 1975-1977.
Photography Related Employment
Photojournalist, Corporate Photographer and Freelancer with 30+ years experience.