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When I first showed this image to a good friend of mine, his immediate reaction was, “That doesn’t even look real.” And I couldn’t help but agree. This piece is real, of course, yet, I keep getting lost in its depth, its ethereal beauty, it’s dreamlike state. This friend of mine is someone I first met when the open road brought us together — in fact, it was this exact road that you can see in the image, if you look closely: The Million Dollar Highway. 

I had just finished high school in Germany, he had just secured his law degree in the UK. Both of us had dreamed of exploring the great American landscapes. And so, both of us booked a seat on a 13-passenger-van that would take us all the way from New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, including Colorado, in four weeks. The shared experience formed an inseparable bond. Once again, the open road had turned complete strangers into lifelong friends.

It so happened that journey was also the moment I fell in love so deeply, so profoundly, with the American West that it was only a matter of time until life would lead me to creating a home for myself here — even though I may not have realized it in that very moment. But who does, anyway? 

And so, “DREAM STATE” is an ode not just to the most magnificent of seasons in Colorado, but to friendship, to dreaming big, to aiming high — and to looking for the road that leads us where we want to go in life.


A fine art nature photograph of the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton in Southwest Colorado during peak fall colors. If you are wondering, When is the best time to see the fall colors in Colorado, the answer is late September and early October are the best times for leaf-peeping in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.


I am a proud member of 1% for the Planet and its mission of protecting our only home. The concept is simple: The land has given me much, so I want to give back. That’s why I have committed to donate 1% of every sale of every artwork to select nonprofits that are working to protect the land shown in your piece. That means, over its life in my gallery, DREAM STATE will generate roughly $2000 supporting the NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION.