About the Photographer

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The Photographer

I love the outdoors, started taking photos of wildlife early on. Slowly transistioned into other photography as the years went on. I've taken New York Institute of Photography at home courses, and I utilize online workshops to keep learning. I love continuing my education in Photography and trying new things.

The Musicianfacebook.com/thissideofnormal

I was in an original rock band for almost 12 years. I love writing music and playing guitar. Music has been a large part of my life, I attended college for music and have a Music Marketing degree from Peru State College. I now play in an acoustic duo with Nicole Salmond playing around the local tri-State area bars and the like.

The Artistwww.big-john-arts.com

I have always liked drawing. As a kid, I would sit and draw at my grandparents feet on Sundays from the Sunday comic strips. I've done lots of cartoons for people at the many factory jobs I've had, usually pertaining to something funny that happened to them on the job. I did a comic strip called Bobcatman for the college paper most the years I was attending. I now do custom artwork/logos for companies/people and caricatures for events.

I'm a quiet person mostly, however, I will talk your ear off on one of my favorite  topics. Love movies and music, and love talking about that. I read lots of fantasy and sci-fi novels and love to learn new things from any kind of book. I'm a country boy more or less, love going bowhunting with Dad or just walking around the bluffs with my camera. I love being with my family, hanging out with my parents and sis. I enjoy helping with the family watermelon patch.

I am a Christian, I try to live my life following those teachings. It's by no means an easy path, I stumble a lot. I tend to be logical and practical, which is weird for an artist or creatively challenged person. :)  I don't take myself too seriously, I have a lot of fun being a goof at times, it's my way of decompressing I suppose.