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Artist's Statement

Light, color, and form are the elements I use to capture your attention. My photographs draw you in to notice the texture of a grassy hillside, an oak tree shrouded in fog, or the way sunlight reaches across a field. I strive to heighten your perception. I encourage you to look deeper.

My challenge is to capture images that are not only beautiful but also allow you to experience what it was like out in the field and to have that experience evoke thoughts, feelings, or memories. If the observer stops, looks, and stays with the photograph—then I have accomplished my goal.

My photographs are often mistaken for paintings, but they are straight photographs. To ensure that my prints last a long time, I make archival-quality prints, and use museum-quality mats.

Fine art photography is my full-time pursuit. My challenge is to capture beauty in a way that inspires others to look deeper and experience a renewed sense of awe of the world we live in.


Since leaving the computer field in the year 2000 to pursue his passion for photography, Lance has become an avid explorer of California’s less traveled back roads and the rural beauty they lead to. He shares these bucolic settings he so intimately knows through his fine art photographs and workshops, taking his students to little known places of stunning beauty.

Lance first studied photography in high school in California’s Great Central Valley where he grew up. He was admitted directly into the advanced photography classes at the University of California at Santa Cruz upon presenting his work to the head of the photography department. His sense of beauty and aesthetics became more finely honed while studying abroad in France, where his double major of politics and language took a backseat to his study of photography and fine art.

Lance relies on available light, which he believes best reveals what he is seeing, and generally prints the full frame. In 2002, Lance transitioned to digital methods but continues to shoot in the tradition of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, striving to keep alive the depth and clarity of their photographic visions.

Lance has won many awards for his work and his photography has appeared in numerous publications. His works are in private collections in over 40 states and internationally throughout Europe, and have been in museum shows and sold nationally by The Pottery Barn as limited-edition prints.

Lance co-founded the Riverfront Art Gallery located in the town of Petaluma The gallery won “Best Gallery in Sonoma County” within months of opening, and has won again every year since. Lance lives in Sonoma County and continues to marvel that he can refer to its bucolic back roads as his “office.”