HOW DID I GET HERE?
After spending nearly 25 years in commercial construction supervision and project management, on December 23rd, 2016, I heeded God’s invitation to leave that field, trust Him, and step off the cliff into pursuing the passion that He had placed in me.
Not knowing what the Next Thing was, I obeyed and, recognizing that the opportunity was also a stewardship, I began refining and organizing my already-extensive collection of digital photos. In February of 2017, I launched my website, HighRezPhotography.Net. The hours spent inviting the Holy Spirit into the creative process at all its levels, along with making applications, visits, and phone calls have borne fruit:
In 2017, I was accepted as an exhibitor at Oklahoma Art Guild’s Re-Emerge gallery exhibition at 50 Penn in May, then spent six months as a Guest Artist at Contemporary Art Gallery on The Paseo. I was also selected as an exhibitor at OSU-OKC’s inaugural Art Show in June. Late September brought an extraordinary journey to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and I returned with a rich selection of photographs. Many can be seen in my gallery “International Travels.” In November, I exhibited at Serve coffee house in Bethany, was accepted for my first showing at Deluxe OKC Winter Market at Leadership Plaza in downtown OKC, and one week later, I exhibited at Indie Trunk Show at the State Fairgrounds.
2018 brought more opportunities for me to seize, first as the sole Guest Artist at Paseo Art Space in April, then as Artist of The Month at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in May. During the summer, I sold a package of multiple large images to a new medical clinic in OKC, and in November, I returned to Deluxe OKC Winter Market.
In 2019, I was accepted into multiple juried exhibitions. The first was Paseo Arts Association’s Annual Members Show in March, and in May, was accepted into Oklahoma Art Guild’s Member’s Show at North Park Mall. There, I received OAG’s First Prize in Digital Media award. In October, I had two pieces hanging in Paseo Gallery One for OAG’s Small Works show. In fact, OAG’s show was juried by none other than the legendary Greg Burns, who I got to meet for the first time at the Opening Reception! The following month I had a piece on the wall at Paseo Arts Association’s own juried Small Works Show. And against all odds, I secured prime territory in Paseo Gallery One’s Great Room for the month of December.
As 2019 drew to a close, I began collaborating with my good friend, mentor, and digital guru, Doren Tripp to upgrade my online presence. That effort included generating a completely new website and a wholesale re-branding. Learn more about that journey below in “Why The Name Change?”