Johnnys fine art photographs are shot with a Canon, SLR camera using 35mm negative and transparency film which are printed by hand in a traditional darkroom environment.
His commercial photography is shot in a digital format, using Nikon D300 camera and Nikon Lens.
Originally from Wake Forest, North Carolina, Johnny moved to San Francisco in 1984.
Although he had taken pictures for many years, it was while working for LeRoy Boyack Lighting and Interior Design, in San Francisco that he was inspired to pursue a career in commercial photography. The project that gave him a new appreciation art was a photo shoot of the home of George and Dorothy Saxe and their studio glass collection. He decided to enroll in photography classes.
He studied with Richard Gordon at San Francisco City College and Debra Heimerdinger at the Harvey Milk Arts Center. For the next 2 years he volunteer at SF Camerawork while under the direction of Marnie Gilette. He worked in the gallery and helped with annual auctions where he met and was inspired by many local and internationally known artists. He has also volunteered at the Ansel Adams Gallery in San Francisco and other non-profit galleries.
In 1986 Johnny began exhibiting and selling his work with a group of in Toby Klaymans class The Business of Art at the Fort Mason Art Center. These artists and teacher would become long time friends and became his introduction to the Bay Area art scene. In 1988 the San Francisco Arts Commission selected him into a juried exhibition. His piece Calla Lily received a purchase award. He has shown his work at ARTworkSF Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery, SOMARTS Gallery and many alternative venues in the Bay Area. He has participated in ArtBEAT, sponsored by the deYoung Museum in 1996, ArtSFest 2005, SF Open Studios 1989 - 1995, the National Poetry Associations Café Arts Month, 1993 1997.