I currently live in my childhood home of Bowen, Illinois. The first seventeen years of my life were spent in this small village learning the do's and don'ts of rural life. But I wanted to escape the environment of gossip and everyone knowing everyone. In the next eight years I received a BS degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. Shortly thereafter I was invited to be a visiting artist in Derby, England. Upon my return to the US, I moved back to Arizona for the next thirty three years. This time was a time to settle and pursue non-photographic resources to live. In 2007 I sold my handmade adobe home and returned to my homeland. This was a move to go back and photographically document the people and land of the area I once wanted to so badly leave.