"This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it". Psalm 118:23-25
"A birth certificate shows that we were born; a death certificate shows that we died...Pictures show that we lived." Anonymous
My photographs visually celebrate the gift of each day. I enjoy capturing unique colors, tones, lines and textures of landscapes, cityscapes and what I like to call "machine-scapes".
Working in digital, 35mm and medium formats, I've been fortunate to win more than 120 awards at national and regional photo salons. In addition, my work has been included in multi-media exhibits of Maryland artists at both the Governor’s House and the Maryland State House in Annapolis. During the past 10 years, I've been invited to produce two solo exhibits, "This Magic Moment" and "Brand New Day", and I've mounted a two-man show (with noted photographer and teacher Marshall Dupuie), entitled "Double Vision". Extra credit if you recognize the song references -- music is one of my other passions, and it always goes hand-in-hand (eye-and-ear?) with my photo activities.
I'm often invited to be a guest judge for photography clubs and competitions in the Baltimore-Washington area. In 2014, I was invited to be one of the jurors for the multi-media Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, PA, considered by many as one of the top arts festivals in the nation.
For several years, I was commissioned to prepare photographic renderings of various historical scenes in the Frederick, Maryland, area to be reinterpreted in original paintings and limited edition prints by renowned national artist P. Buckley Moss.
In addition, more than a dozen of my images were selected for inclusion in a national electronic greeting cards website. My photos also have been selected for Stephenson Printing’s award-winning appointment calendar, which showcases the work of some of the country’s top photographers and is distributed to more than 6,000 people in ad agencies and other sectors of the graphic arts industry.
I've been making images for more than 35 years. During that time, I studied photojournalism at West Virginia University, attended dozens of photographic workshops and classes, and learned composition and color interpretation techniques under the late Lowell Anson Kenyon, a renowned Washington-area fine arts photographer, photo curator, and educator. My other inspirations and "visual mentors" include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, A. Aubrey Bodine, Brassai, Margaret Bourke-White, Clyde Butcher, Dewitt Jones, and the painters Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Cezanne.
I'm a member and past president of the Frederick (Maryland) Camera Clique and a member of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, the Frederick Arts Council, and the Allegany Arts Council.
Currently, I'm serving on the Photography Committee of the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, MD, helping to organize the annual Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition each April. In addition, I curated a companion exhibit of A. Aubrey Bodine’s Western Maryland images. The initial opening of the Bodine exhibit was held at the Graphicus Atelier Gallery on Baltimore Street in Cumberland in April 2018 and then moved to the campus of Frostburg State University, where 37 prints were on display at the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery.
Previously, I was a member of the Latent Image Workshop, the Maryland Society of Photo Pictorialists, and the National Institutes of Health Camera Club.
In addition to my photography interests, I'm the editorial consultant for EduQuest, a global team of FDA compliance experts headquartered near Washington, DC. I also provide marketing and professional development services through my company, Heavner Communications, LLC.
Thank you for visiting my website. Most of the images you see here are available as signed, limited edition prints and note cards. Contact me for pricing details.
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