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M.F.A. 2006 - Ceramics, Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, NY                 

B.F.A. 2002 - Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, CA



  • Research Photographer: Whales and Dolphins Under the California Sun, Earthwatch funded project, 2011-2016. Photo-ID of whales and dolphins, images for behavioral analyses. Trained crew and volunteers on photography techniques.

  • Faculty Photography Expert: University of Redlands Alumni expedition to Alaska, August 2016. Presented lectures and hands-on workshops on photography techniques and image storytelling.

  • Free-lance Photographer: University of Redlands, occasional, 2015-current.



  • Nat Geo Your Shot Daily Dozen for 5/29/2019 “Hermit Crab with can shell”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Photos of the Week for 5/24/2019 “Hermit Crab with can shell”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Daily Dozen for 4/22/2019 “Humpback whale mother and calf”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Photos of the Week for 1/10/2019 “Apex Predators”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Daily Dozen for 12/21/2018, “Say what!”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Daily Dozen for 10/26/2018 “Deadpan Burrowing Owl”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Daily Dozen for 9/11/2018, “Burrowing Owlets”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Top Shot for 9/11/2018, “Burrowing Owlets”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Daily Dozen for 8/6/2018, “Little Owlet, Big Leap”

  • Nat Geo Your Shot Top Shot for 8/6/2018, “Little Owlet, Big Leap”

  • Underwater Beauty, National Geographic Your Shot Assignment curated by Michaela Skovranaova, May 2, 2018



  • Och Tamale, Photos for article, Nature’s Classroom: The Marine Biologist by Jennifer Dobbs, Volume 92, issue 1, Winter 2016.

  • Orange County Register, Featured Photo The Best of Orange County: Be blown away by these images captured off our coast by Laylan Connelly, March 30, 2016.

  •, Featured Photographer for article Gray whale baby boom by Pete Thomas, March 1, 2016.

  • Orange County Register, Featured Photo Breach Baby, July 23, 2015.

  • San Clemente Times, Photograph for article Humpback Whale Breach, July 9, 2015.

  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Photograph of humpback whale feeding selected as cover image for research article, Volume 12, Issue No. 7 September, 2014.

  • Orange County Register, Photo for article Gray whales give unusual mating show by Laylan Connelly, March 18, 2013

  • Easy Reader News, Photo for article Whale watching turns into Warnings by Ed Pilolla, Feb. 7, 2013

  • Crafts Art International, Ambiguous Territory: The work of Shane M. Keena by Kevin Wallace, Issue #80, 2010

  • Democrat and Chronicle, ARTS. Review of Four Artists, Four Media. Page 5C, January 7, 2007

  • Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists 2006, May 2006 issue

  • Clay Times Magazine, July/August 2005, page 40- The Gallery

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, community & arts section. Review of Infestus Tutamen. May 22, 2005

  • Philadelphia Daily News, Super Bowls, Friday, January 7, 2005. Page 36

  • Clay Times Magazine, March/April 2003, page 41- The Gallery

  • The Aesthetic, Seeing the Sea by Shelly Frost, 2002

  • The Aesthetic, Art Imitating Nature, by Jerome Block, 2001

  • Random Lengths, June 2000, “Art Angels” by Glen Martinez, Associate Editor

  • Clay Times Magazine, March/April 1999, page 41- “The Gallery”

  • Perspectives, May/June 1998, Volume 4- The Arts Council of Placer County

  • Ceramics Monthly, May 1998, page 61

  • Erie Daily Times, September 11, 1997- “On/Off the Wall II”



  • Amazing Photography: Stories to inspire us all, “Under the Surface”, Xposer Publications, page 74, 2017

  • Citizen Science for Coastal and Marine Conservation: Using citizen science to study the impact of vessel traffic on marine mammals, by Dr. Lei Lani Stelle, Published by Routledge Publications, 2017

  • Ocean Solutions/Earth Solutions, 2nd Edition: Whale mAPP: Engaging Citizen Scientists to Contribute and map marine mammals, by Dr. Lei Lani Stelle, Melodi King, and Courtney Helen-Hann. ESRI Press Publications, 2016

  • Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books Studio Series, 2011, page 100

  • 500 Ceramic Sculptures by Glen R. Brown, Published by Lark Books. 2009, page 223

  • Surface Design for Ceramics by Maureen Mills, Published by Lark Books. 2008

  • China Paint & Over-glaze by Paul Lewing, Published by the American Ceramics Society. 2007

  • 500 Cups, Introduction by Tom and Elaine Coleman, Lark Books, 2005, pages 69, 174

  • 500 Bowls, Introduction by John Britt, Published by Lark Books, 2003, pages 281, 350

  • Seeing Los Angeles from its Angels Gate, published by the Port of Los Angeles, 2002

  • 500 Teapots; Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, Introduction by Kathy Triplett. Published by Lark Books, 2002, page 196

  • Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Introduction by Don Davis.  Published by Lark Books, 1999, page 91

  • The Ceramic Design Book, Introduction by Val Cushing.  Published by Lark Books, 1998, page 162


AWARDS (selected):

  • Grand Prize, “I Shot It” Wildlife Photography Competition #4, 2018

  • Winner, Spectrum Photo Creatures of the Air, Wildlife Comedy Awards 2018

  • 4th Place aware, Underwater Photography Competition, 2018

  • Honorable Mention, Ocean Conservancy 2018 Photo Competition

  • Grand Prize, “Amazing Nature Photography Competition” Published by ViewBug, 2017

  • Grand Prize, California Ocean and Coastal Photography Contest, 2014

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