I was born and raised in Pasadena, California. I studied photography at Arizona State University under people like Bill Jenkins, Bill Jay, Tamarra Kaida, and Van Deren Coke and I graduated with a BFA specializing in Photography in 1986. While at ASU I began this series on the Pasadena Police Department which led me to become a Police Officer myself. I worked 20 years for the City of Chino as a patrol officer, patrol Corporal, and a Detective before having to retire medically. I chose to get in to law enforcement over a career say as a photojournalist, because I wanted control over my images. Being an Police Officer also allowed me the schedule flexibility to continue to photograph.
I have a number of bodies of work besides my law enforcement series and I have had my work shown in over 30 exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 1991 I published the book "Santa Anita" documenting the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California. I also have prints in a number of permanent collections including the Fogg Museum at Harvard, The University of New Mexico Museum, and Cal State Long Beach's Museum. In 2014 my Pasadena PD series was featured on sites such as Slate, Feature Shoot, Paris Review, and NPR.