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Gardens Illustrated, No. 181, January 2012 Black Plants, Timber Press October 2009 Canadian Gardening Great Growing Guide 2010 Garden Gate Magazine, Easy Weekend Backyard Retreats 2011 Washington Trails May 2009 Portland Spaces cover April-May 2009 Pacific Horticulture January 2010 Oregonian Home and Garden cover Oct 29 2009 Gardening How To, March-April 2011 The American Gardener cover May-June 2010 Fine Gardening, Container Gardening cover, Summer 2012 Oregon Home cover, June-July 2012 Canadian Gardening, Tender Bulbs, April 2011 Gardening How To, March-April, May-June and Summer 2013 Urban Farm, July-August 2011 Gardens Illustrated No. 171, March 2011 Allt om Trädgård, Swedish Gardening, April 2012 Hana Hou, February-March 2013 Gardening How To May-June 2013 Cover
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Growing up in the stunning environments of the Hawaiian Islands and then the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, I have long held an affinity and deep appreciation for the natural world, especially the flora. In my professional career before photography I spent 7 years as propagator at Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, Washington and then four as manager of Cistus Nursery in Portland, Oregon. This time working with two of the preeminent and most immense private plant collections in the country, in addition to the continuing quest to contend with plants in their native habitats, led in 2007 to my founding of the botanical image collection PhytoPhoto.

The opportunities I've had to become acquainted with an incredible diversity of plant species over a vast range of environments is coupled with a passion for finding the essential element in each one. This intersection of science and beauty culminates in my images and the stories they tell. The work of photographing the plant world has a foot in many disciplines, at once an artist, botanist, photographer, and increasingly, a skilled technician of both the ever-changing nomenclature and the equally mercurial tools of modern digital imaging. Like Kermit sang, "It's not easy being green".

All of the images available via PhytoPhoto are carefully identified using the most current accepted nomenclature, as well as common names and descriptive information. This system of accessioning results in an archive that is easily searchable, allowing me to quickly cater to individuals, publications, institutions and companies in need of beautiful and accurately identified botanical images.

My work regularly appears in such publications as Gardens Illustrated, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Sunset, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, The Garden, The American Gardener, Canadian Gardening, Allt om Trädgård, Martha Stewart Living, This Old House, Gray, Countryfile, The Guardian, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Hobby Farm Home, Garden Gate, Gardening How-To, Hana Hou, Urban Farm, Readers Digest, Portland Monthly, NW Home and Garden Magazine, Edible Portland, Pacific Horticulture, Oregon Home, Homes+Gardens Northwest, Portland Spaces, Washington Trails, Herbolaria de Chiapas, Smile,The Oregonian and Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Bulletin. PhytoPhoto images have also been featured in the nursery catalogs of Heronswood, High Country Gardens, Monrovia, Plants Delights, Terra Nova and others. Dozens of books featuring my work include Hellstrip Gardening, the excellent guide Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and Black Plants, both from Timber Press, New Trees from Kew Press, the Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, The Fruit Gardener's Bible, The Worlds Finest Tropical Drinks, the fabulous New Sunset Western Garden Book and WGB of Edibles as well as the beautiful WGB of Landscaping.

Corporate clients include William Sonoma, NBC Universal, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, AOL, Axel Springer AG, National Geographic Books, Immediate Media, Workman Publishing, Integra Color, Viacom Media, Time Inc, 3M, the Tribune Company, Pacific Magazines, Adventure Publications, Parragon Books, Discovery Communications, Firefly Press, Cana's Feast, ACP Magazines, Invitrogen, Pearson, Demand Media, Hearst Corporation, MGN Limited, Microsoft and many others.

I shoot freelance, commissions and stock of all things related to botany, agriculture, horticulture and the environment. Current projects include shoots that range from chic container design in Vancouver, BC to research on the myriad varieties of ancient Hawaiian sugarcane, from plant hunting on the tallest mountain of Borneo to documenting the process of turning cacao to chocolate.

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