A Visit to St. Ignatius

I’ve driven by the historic mission at St. Ignatius many, many times without being able to stop and actually enter the building. On a summer trip to Kalispell this year, I made a definitive plan to swing in and found a spectacular interior – delicately painted and softly illuminated by the large antique windows.

Apparently, the 58 murals were painted between 1901-1902 by an untrained artist who worked as a cook and handyman at the mission. 

If you’re ever on US Highway 93 between Missoula and Kalispell, MT, I highly recommend stopping in!

Painting John at the NW Filmmakers Festival

Painting John, a short documentary I made about artist Hugh Wilson, continues the journey through film festivals and broadcast, this time landing in Portland, Oregon for the annual NW Filmmakers Festival.

A lone rancher and nomadic artist.

A stark landscape and unrelenting winter.

Through the intimacy of life portraiture, two people meet and forge an improbable bond beyond the world of social networks and sound bytes.


See the film online at Montana PBS.

Artifact, Appetite & Aperture; A First Newsletter

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July 2014; Paradise Valley, Montana

Summer in the Rockies is firing up, and for those of us in the visual arts realm that means getting out and reveling in the seasonal ephemera. From road-tripping around the Crazies with talented singer/songwriter, Jesse Macht, to peeking into the rural studio of Northern New Mexico ceramic artist Lisa Jensen, summer is the time to “make hay” meaning get out and shoot, for the season is fleeting.

Welcome to the first edition of Artifact, Appetite & Aperture, an ambling chronicle that wanders throughout the American West and toward the sunset, wherever that may be. Kickback and let me introduce you to some of the exceptional people, places and style that I discover through the collaborations and assignments as a photographer and contemporary design sleuth.

See the full newsletter here. Thanks for reading!

In The Studio with Brandner Design

Photographing beautiful and unique design has always been a joy for me and today was no exception. I worked with Jeff Brandner of Brandner Designs shooting his most recent pieces of furniture before they were shipped to clients in New York.

Brandner has an artistic approach to furniture – each design blends timeless industrial strength with contemporary elegance. He uses reclaimed and renewable materials as well as found objects. His work is both functional and practical but adds distinction to any space like only fine art can.

The shoot was set in the modern interior design studio of Greathouse Workroom in Bozeman, Montana where we photographed and sipped coffee all day while a spring blizzard raged outside. It was a perfect way to spend the day!

Canyonlands: The White Rim

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The trip to Canyonlands National Park begins with all of my underwear being stolen in Park City, Utah. I imagine the thief given the demographics of this affluent resort town. He is a strapping six foot four sometimes ski bum utterly disappointed to find my bag filled with performance socks, polar fleece and other various outer and under garments all in size extra small.