My story begins in El Salvador. Central America
I was born in the capital, San Salvador… I spent most of my youth there until I graduated High School. Then, realising that in order to fulfil my Career I will have to move as my mother country has become hostile and dangerous, we immigrated to better pastures…
Scotland (God’s Country)
Age of 20 I became employed by Lochaber High School as a Part-time Spanish Tutor, I was then loving Life in Scotland! embarked on my own business as a freelanced Graphic Designer and ARBJr-Graphics & Translations (part-time) Translating for many members of the public and organisations for a vast number of years I was the only one Spanish Speaker in town. rendering my services to The Northern Constabulary, NHS Highland, and many more.
in 1997 – I joined Inverness College UHI (Lochaber Campus) as a Lecturer with the School of Engineering, Science and Technology as an ICT (Information Communication Technology) Lecturer delivering subjects for Business Studies at National Certificate (NC), Higher NC & Higher National Diploma (HND) also run a variety of evening courses from Intro. to Spanish Conversation to Computer for the terrified. During my time with Inverness College, a colleague and I introduced The European Computer Driver’s Licence (ECDL) to the community of Lochaber after setting all 7 modules in one day and qualifying as a Certificated Assessor by the Brittish Computer Society (BCS)
I love to Study new and old sciences and help others achieve their goals. (Naturally born teacher) giggle.
My wife Fiona is also a freelance Fine Art Artist and together we form a great team, under the name of Art close to your heart, I do all the ICT and admin stuff and Fiona does her magic in all aspects of Fine Art.
Photography and I
It all began at a young age as this was our dad’s favourite hobby and we could not escape him and his camera ha, ha, ha! thanks to his joy we have so many wonderful photo memories of our childhood and my interest started with him.
Photography for me captures the emotions, the surrealism of mind through what one sees through that lens then, one’s imagination takes over to create a masterpiece.
On February 2012 I became the founder of Fort William Photographic Society and I am proud to say that after 7 years we still growing from strength to strength.
I am a freelance Graphic and Web Designer/Photographer and Lecturer, with over 30 years of experience in the industry I studied Digital Photography with Open University. and my Teacher Qualification for Further Education with Strathclyde University as part of my Personal Development with Inverness College UHI.
my Adobe Training I did through Adobe and qualified and achieved my Guru status in 1983 with the three main Applications Photoshop, Illustrator and PageMaker (today is known as InDesign).
I love Black & White, Product, Landscape and everything about Photography. I shoot Nikon D800, D300s, D50 my dad gifted me my first SLR 35mm back in the mid 80’s a ZORKI -4K one that I have treasured and still use from time to time.
I love meeting people from all walks of life so, don’t be shy, do follow me and a positive comment on my shots it is always appreciated to know whether my efforts to illustrate the world one image at a time are inspiring to others, as others are to me.
I am a proud member of Rotary International based at Lochaber Rotary Club/ district 1230 and also a proud member of Lodge 43 of Fort William
Who I am today I, ow it to both my parents & my adorable wife Fiona.