Personal history Since I was a little boy I always loved the water. At age five I nearly drowned at summer camp, and can still to this day remember inhaling my last breath of water. Instead of becoming terrified of the water I grew to respect it as well as challenge it. To help put myself through college I worked on fishing boats during the cold of winter pulling crab pots, and fishing for salmon in the summer. When I was sixteen my father gave me his old, warn out Kodak 35mm rangefinder camera that he bought at the army PX in 1944. When I discovered white water rafting and kayaking I fell in love with rivers, and worked as a whitewater raft guide rowing most every whitewater river in the West, including some first descents. This was the true beginning of my photographic endeavors. In time whitewater gave way to blue water when, in 1982 I became a certified scuba diver. My love for photography accelerated light years underwater, the most difficult place of all for any photographer to build an image. It has also become my sanctuary. And when I'm not there I often dream about it. The cameras, lenses and housings I use change more than my wallet cares to admit. After many years as a devoted Nikon photographer I have recently switched over to Canon. Combining black and white with color has come to be my signature style. I typically like to incorporate three to four light sources underwater, and use specialized light diffusers I have designed that give me the structure of lighting I am looking for to create my art with. Since I am not retired, and probably never will be from anything, my career is still in full force as managing partner and financial advisor at Titus Wealth Management in Larkspur, California. For fifteen years I have been a student as well as an instructor of Wing Chun Kung Fu, which helps keep me feeling young in spit of my accumulating years. I was president of the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) for two years, Vice President of the Marin Scuba Club for three years, and ran the Califorina Beach Dive Photographic Competition for three years. I also volunteer as a docent at the California Academy of Science and am on the board of directors for Enviromental Traveling Companions (ETC), a non-profit grass roots organization providing access to the outdoors and wilderness travel for handicapped and disadvantaged youth. I live in San Rafael with my wife Adriana Basques and my faithful companion Ella, a Queensland blue heeler.