Larry was born and raised in a small town in Southeast Missouri, adjacent to the Mississippi River. Growing up, he spent many hours roaming the river bluffs and rolling hills of the beautiful region. Here he gained his eye and appreciation for nature as art evolved in his mind.
The artist relates, "Growing up in a small community gave me an appreciation for the simplicities of life. I find a spiritual comfort in spending my leisure time hiking and biking our rural region’s many beautiful parks and trails. I enjoy capturing the beauty of this region and sharing it with others."
After schooling and graduation from St.Vincent High School in Perryville Missouri, Larry joined the U. S. Navy, and served on the carrier USS Midway during the Vietnam Conflict. While on active duty, he purchased a Canon F1 35mm SLR camera and when in port, trekked inland to photograph the exotic areas of Southeast Asia.
After his service, Larry attended Southeast Missouri State University, earning a BS in Chemistry. He also graduated from William Woods University with a Masters of Business Administration. Larry worked as a chemist and Results Engineer in a power plant until he retired in 2013. He now devotes full time to his photographic art, much of which is born of his hiking and biking the lovely trails of the river region.
Larry is a 2009 graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. His recent studies have expanded his longtime interest in nature and rustic photography to also include the creative artistic manipulations unique to digital photography.
"My change to digital photography from film was an easy step," Larry said. "This is because I could see the artistic potential in creative processing that only digital images can provide."
Larry tells us that, as a digital artist, he can convert the photographic image from the data collected on his camera’s sensor "to an image which looks more like what I see."
Many of his landscape photographs have a image quality that others have described as that of a traditional landscape painting. It is his goal to photograph the landscape subject under the right natural light to achieve this ‘painting like’ effect. He uses multiple exposures and extended exposures, over 5 seconds, to achieve this goal.
Larry tells Muse Art that he is a contributor to Getty Images where he submits photos on a monthly basis. These images are often used by news agencies and advertisers worldwide.
Larry and his wife, Darcy, have five wonderful children, and eight awesome grandchildren.
Larry is Vice President of the River Region Photography Club, and has participated in the organizations presentations of member photographs at the Southeast Missouri Arts Council Lorimeir Gallery, Cape Girardeau Public Library, the Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Centers, the Painted Wren Art Gallery in Cape, the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, and the Hart-Stepp House in New Madrid.
In 2014 Larry was accepted into the Visual Arts Cooperative of Southeast Missouri, which includes 50 local artist who exhibit monthly at the Jean A. Chapman Gallery, on Main Street in downtown Cape Girardeau MO.
Larry has displayed many of his images at the Arts Councils of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, The Gallery on Main Street in Owensville Missouri, a trendy restaurant called The Bar in downtown Cape Girardeau.
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