About Me

Welcome to my Art, Astronomy and Photography Blog. In my professional life I am an Art Director and Production Designer in the animation industry. Some of my film credits include "Anastasia", "Titan AE" and "Barnyard the Original Party Animals". I have also worked on TV Shows like "The Simpsons", "Beavis and Butthead", "Back at the Barnyard" and "Planet Sheen". If you would like to see my work related art please click on the Go For Launch Productions link below. Although I am very passionate about what I do for a living my other passions are photography, painting, astronomy, astrophotography and anything to do with NASA so the subject matter of most of my paintings is related to the space program and I have enhanced some of my photographs to give them an extraterrestrial feel. My paintings and photographs are organized into several catagories in the links below. Browse around and enjoy.


Arizona Lightning

Lightning is amazing and breathtaking to watch. At the same time it can be extremely dangerous. It is also very unpredictable. It is the most unpredictable of all natural phenomena. Those bright flashes in the sky also play a major role in our echo system and life on earth.

Humans and all other life need nitrogen. When we breathe we breathe in nitrogen but that nitrogen is not consumed by our bodies. The way we get nitrogen is from the plants we eat and the animals we eat that eat the plants.

The nitrogen molecules in the air are made up of two very tightly packed atoms. In order for us to absorb the nitrogen those atoms need to be separated. Lightning has enough energy to separate the atoms allowing the atoms to fall to the earth in the rain water where they combine with minerals in the soil forming nitrates. This of course is known as fertilizer.

In short, now the plants have what they need to grow. The animals now have the plants that they need to eat and us humans have what we need to eat and we also have our much needed nitrogen that keeps us alive.

The next time you hear a load clap of THUNDER, give some thanks to the lightning for fertilizing our soil.  

All images were captured with a Canon T1i

Overlooking Flagstaff Arizona from Mars Hill
Captured on September 9th between
8:10 pm and 9:15 pm

Captured on August 31st 2015 between
10:00 pm and 10:20 pm

Captured on August 19th 2014 between
9:30 pm and 9:15 pm

Captured on August 17th 2014 between
8:00 pm and 9:15 pm

Captured on August 11th 2014 between
8:00 pm and 9:30 pm

Captured on July 26th 2014 between
11:00 pm to 1:o0 am

 This is a composite of 3 photos

This is a composite of 4 photos

Captured on July 3rd 2014 between
10:00 pm to 11:30 pm

This is a composite of 4 photos

Captured on August 28th 2013 @ 9:30pm