my story

I am the son of an Irish mother and Polish Father who met and married in Scotland at the height of WWII.   My father was a seaman in the Polish Navy and served aboard the escort destroyer ORP Kujawiak which sank in the Mediterranean during Operation Harpoon in June of 1942.  I was part of the team which located the wreck in 2014 and recovered its bell in 2017.  

As a marine archaeologist, divemaster, and underwater photographer I have made hundreds of dives in warm waters as well as on Lake Erie.   My photography has been featured by National Geographic, the Odyssey Online, Florida Keys Magazine, and others.  

As part of my avocational work, I have been a member of MAST, the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team, since 2006 and served as the chairman of the board from 2012 until 2018. I have participated in numerous archaeological surveys as as a survey diver, dive safety officer, and project manager.

I served as the project manager on the survey of the Brig Sultan, which sank in Lake Erie in 1864, and was one of the authors of the technical report on the shipwreck.  I have a BA in political science and history, an MEd in education, and a BA in Archaeology. 

I am a member of the Explorer's Club (MN '18) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.

I have taught school in Cleveland for 18 years and split my time between Islamorada and Twinsburg, Ohio.

A statement about my art

"Growing up around the water in south Florida you would think I'd have taken up diving long ago.  Strangely,  I didn't start diving until the age of 40.  As an avid SCUBA diver, marine archaeologist, and photographer, most of my subjects revolve around the ocean and its inhabitants.

When I began taking photographs underwater I realized that sometimes there is more to them than can be seen

through the simplicity of a camera lens.  Hidden shapes, colors, and textures are often lurking in the background waiting to be brought to the surface.   At first, I only began creating my work for myself.  I didn't think about sharing it until I thought about how few people ever get to experience the ocean from beneath, feeling the tug of the current or seeing turtles and fish feeding on a reef taking no interest in the passing of a diver.

My focus is  in penetrating the often muted colors  of the deep and bringing out complex scenes.  The ocean is a harsh environment for color without the addition of artificial light.  As sunlight travels deeper in the water, the spectrum of colors begins to wash out, finally leaving nothing but a hazy blue-green.    By adding the flash of a camera strobe one can bring to life what would otherwise be hidden.   Without adding any artificial colors I manipulate the textures, shapes, and tones within the photographs to reveal the art before you.  No two pieces are alike and each hides within it the secrets of the sea or sky. "