born at the footsteps to the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado, and
was educated at private schools in Connecticut, Vermont, The Webber
Douglas School of Dramatic Art in London, England, as well as at the
San Francisco Art Institute where I took a sound recording class from
Oscar winner Walter Murch. Later I attended the International Film
Workshops in Camden, Maine, and was nominated for Emmy Awards two years
in a row in 2006 and 2007.
I initially worked in the healthy and exhilarating mountaineering business for over eight years. I had taken an Outward Bound course over the summer in high school, and developed a love for the outdoors. I first worked for Eastern Mountain Sports in Boston mounting cross-country skis, and filling mail orders. Two years later I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and found work in the retail store for Sierra Designs in Berkeley, California, and finally co-managed the original retail store for Marmot Mountain Works.
In 1980 I began work in the motion picture industry in New York as an ‘unofficial’ apprentice film editor on They All Laughed (1981) directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and then on Ragtime (1981), a film directed by Milos Forman. Six months later I returned to the West coast to be an assistant editor at Lucas Film on the Emmy Award winning documentary The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981) (TV). Lucas Film was in full speed forward mode following the the overwhelming success of ‘Star Wars’, and then ‘Raider’s of the Lost Ark’
One weekend I was visiting the original Marmot Mountain Works store (that I had formerly managed). There members of the crew for the feature film Never Cry Wolf (1983) were purchasing cold weather gear. I was able to wrangle a job as personal assistant to the great director, Carroll Ballard. I then found myself cross-country skiing to work on a frozen lake outside of Atlin, British Columbia. We also flew ski planes and helicopters through the mountains ~ No other situation could have been better for my transition from working in small editing rooms to working outside on the movie sets.
Next, I moved south to Los Angeles and began to work for legendary director Sam Peckinpah as his driver, location scout, set p.a., cable person, and then as the sound recordist on The Osterman Weekend (1983). I drove Sam around to his appointments and meetings in my Triumph TR-6 sports car.
Currently I reside in the highly artistic and creative film capital of Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1985. I have been recording sound throughout the world for over 30 years in distant locations such as The Bahamas, Alaska, Antarctica, Arizona, Canada, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, India, Louisiana, Maine, Mexico, New York, Oregon, Panama, Russia, The San Blas Islands, Texas, Utah, & Washington.. . I am very comfortable working in any environment from alpine peaks, to the arctic cold, in barren deserts, on a fast paced river, or upon the high seas.
I am a member of The Cinema Audio Society, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, IATSE Local 480 (founding member) & IATSE Local 695. I also own one of the largest sound equipment inventories in the business. I am a former member of the Bay Area Post Production Workers, and The Editor’s Guild on both coasts.
I have been very privileged to work on films starring, featuring, produced, or directed by: Robert Redford, Burt Lancaster, Orson Wells, Michael Douglas, Jacque Cousteau, The Dalai Lama, Cate Blanchette, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Steven Spielberg, Sidney Ganis, George Lucas, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Alton Walpole, Ben Kingsley, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Dern, Burt Reynolds, Bill Murray, Martin Sheen, Robert Mitchum, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Melissa Leo, Julian Sands, Cloris Leachman, Patrick Swayze, Angelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Bai Ling, Jennifer Lopez, Heath Ledger, Billy Bob Thorton, Sam Shepard, & Charlie Sheen.
I also feel honored to have worked along side the following legendary stunt people: Tommy Huff, Buddy Joe Hooker, Glen Wilder, Bobby Bass, Charlie Picerni, Ronnie Rondell, & Debbie Evans, Spike Silver, Jimmy Romano, and Ryan Happy.
Recent and notable films that I have recorded sound on include: The Reach (2014) starring Michael Douglas, Jane’s Got a Gun (2014) starring Natalie Portman & Ewan McGregor, The Identical (2104) starring Ashley Judd, The Company You Keep (2012) directed by Robert Redford, & Crazy Heart (2009) starring Jeff Bridges (Academy Award for Best Actor)
I am also a hammock designer. My original hammock design was featured in the California Design Exhibition in Pasadena, CA., and then sold through the Eddie Bauer catalog. I will begin worldwide marketing of my new high tech ‘resort design’ in 2014.
During my leisure time I have traveled to many interesting areas & countries: The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mount Washington, The Orcas Islands, Telluride, Canyon Lands, Cataract Canyon, Virgin Gorda (BVI), Austria, Switzerland, & Nova Scotia, Tahiti, Spain, Paris, France, throughout England, Andorra, Baja, and mainland Mexico.
As a screenwriter, and as an advocate for independent women, I am currently completing a trilogy of screenplays led by powerful women as the lead characters.