There has never been a time when I didn't love horses, and early on, Arabian horses became an obsession for me. as thoughts of them and studying them and drawing them seemed to dominate my life. I have owned my own Arabian horses since 1979.
As a result, my photos and ad designs have appeared in leading industry magazines around the world, with multiple cover shots on Arabian Horse World, The Arabian Magazine, and numerous other industry publications. Arabian Horse World, Tutto Arabi, and The Arabian Magazine have all published feature articles about my work.
Though teaching English and journalism (while designing equine web sites on the side) was my profession for many years, in November 2006, an unsuccessful attempt to help a web site client schedule a "real" photographer plunged me headlong into the world of Arabian horse photography. That was a genuine epiphany for me - I found that I LOVED capturing the dynamic, unique spirit and beauty of the Arabian horse - it has become my passion in life! I knew VERY little about a camera in the beginning, and every day or week brings some new knowledge or technique for me, even today, but I have learned a lot, and I work very hard to capture the spirit and beauty of each individual horse. For me, it is ALL about the horse in front of me.
Beauty - and beauty is virtually everywhere - has always inspired me - and of course, Arabian horses are beautiful. I was literally born loving horses - basically love all animals, but horses were my obsession. Read every horse book I could get my hands on, watched every horse-related movie or tv show I could find. Fell in love with the beauty and grace and specialness of Arabian horses after seeing a tiny ad for Ibn Morafic in the back of Western Horseman. My family went through a series of ponies and horses, starting when I was 8 years old, so pretty much grew up riding horses - quarter horses, saddle horses, appaloosas, Tenneessee Walkers. In 1966, I saw my first real, live Arabian horse - a gorgeous liver chestnut stallion named Bates Hassan (Raminage x Komandas
Deraa by Komanda). My family bred a grade saddle horse mare to him and in 1967, Prince Hassan was born. He was really beautiful, even by today's standards. Sadly, Bates Hassan died the following year of colic. Everyone who has ever really known me would tell you that, though I love travel, beauty, computers, the mysteries of our universe, it is Arabian horses that define me.
PIctured: Artisan MP, owned by Grace Farm, China