After retiring from a successful career in business Jim had the opportunity to devote full time to his life-long avocation - photography. With the encouragement of friends and family he finally decided to "go pro" in December 2002. Combining his love of photography and travel has provided ample subject matter for his camera. The Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Italy, Ireland and, most recently, The Netherlands are a few of the places he has traveled from his native Florida to capture images.
Someone once wrote that "photography is 90% 'seeing' and 10% photographing" and Jim readily admits that, since becoming actively involved in photography, he "sees" things he never saw before ... and sees everything differently. Jim has over 200 images that have sold in one form or another. Most of them feature a single flower, bird, butterfly or other creature. Others feature landscapes, still lifes and abstracts. Jim's images are primarily color, however he includes a few black and white images in his portfolio.
Jim sells his photos primarily through Art Shows in Northeast, Southwest and Central Florida. He has participated in Fine Art Shows in Gainesville, Lake Mary-Heathrow, Jacksonville (Mandarin, Riverside, San Marco and Ponte Vedra), Melbourne, Micanopy, Ponce Inlet, Kissimmee, Sarasota, Marco Island, Naples, Coquina Beach, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, Winter Haven, Winter Garden and Fernandina - some just once but many 3-4 years running. Entry into all these shows is competitive through a 'jury' process.
He sells his images as either canvas giclees, complete framed pieces or matted only for the buyer to make the frame selection. Jim has also created an extensive (and quite popular) line of Note Cards called "Special Cards for Special People". Besides being sold at Art Shows, the cards are currently being carried at a local retail store.
In 2004 he bought his first digital SLR (the Nikon D1) and now works exclusively in digital. Jim feels this provides him extensive control over the creative process from image capture to final print. After 'retiring' the D1 in 2005, Jim purchased the Fujifilm S3 Pro for its wide dynamic range (and the fact that it supported Nikon lenses). In 2006 the Nikon D200 was added. In 2010 Jim finally added a 'full frame' camera, the D700. Currently the #1 camera in his bag. is the Nikon D800. Jim uses a variety of Nikon lenses from an 80-400mm zoom telephoto for wildlife to a 20-35mm wide angle needed for most landscapes. A 35-70mm completes the full range. He also uses a 105mm macro lens for his 'up close and personal' work.