I had lived northwest of Chicago all my life until a dream came true in 1997. Living near the mountains was a life long dream and a job offer with the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado made this dream possible. Getting up in the middle of the night as a manager in the circulation department allowed me to witness the quality light before, during and shortly after sunrise was my reward for this often thankless job. The topography of Colorado allowed me to actually see this light travel across the landscape. The alpenglow on the mountainside is my favorite. I would travel to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the numerous Colorado State Parks to photograph mornings' first light. Each trip into the mountains would be a spiritual experience. Most times I had a location and image in mind. However, it was the times I was forced to change my plan because of weather conditions or timing issues that became the most spiritual. It seemed as though I was being directed to a new location and found the perfect weather, light and composition. Photography became my passion. I attended photography seminars, read books and magazines, anything I could do to improve my images. I have won several local photography contests, which has been a huge confidence builder that continues to fuel this passion.