In the photo, Jewels of the Basin, I was standing in the dry cotton field south of Midland. As the wind blew in my face. I found a pump jack I could not pass by. I still stand in amazement at the contrast of the windblown sand with the bold blue of the weathered pump faithfully pumping away. As I worked the image, I could not recapture the feeling I had, when I stood there that day. It took three months of refining this off and on to finally recreate what I felt then. This image has become my best selling work in over 900 galleries across the world. It is such an honor. I hope that Jewels of the Basin creates its own feeling in you.
Many times when out on a shoot, I see things that stop me in my tracks. Then when I stop to get the shot the time I spend trying to replicate the moment, the way I see it can be daunting. Finally, it is amazing when it comes together in such a way that I can get it across to others. It is my sole mission to share with the world, the way I see the oilfield. The moments that take my breath away,like this vibrant pump jack, for all to see. It is my hope that the images like Jewels of the Basin, can give some insight to the beauty and magic that can be seen if you take the moment to look around with open eyes, and an open heart.