Jeff’s love for and understanding of the natural world, coupled with decades of exploring wild places, form the foundation for his landscape photography. His highly detailed large-scale panoramic images combine a compelling sense of place with an immediacy of experience. Jeff’s work opens up for us a world not of our making and far greater than our own creations. The beauty, majesty and mystery of the natural world revealed to us increases our humanity and opens a path to our soul.
Jeff began photographing in 1987, focusing primarily on the Sierra Nevada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. More recently, he turned his attention to Los Padres National Forest in California. Jeff says, “By repeatedly returning to a place, I begin to learn its subtleties and at times am treated to one of its secrets.”
Exhibitions of Jeff’s images and Laurie Hoyle’s (his wife’s) writings have included “A Wilderness Worth Saving,” “Future of Sequoias,” “Arctic Sanctuary,” and “Preserving Santa Barbara’s Wild Lands.” Venues have included the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich CT, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Oakland Museum of California, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Wildling Museum in Solvang CA. These exhibits along with Jeff’s presentations have inspired the public and changed minds.
Jeff and Laurie’s work has supported the conservation efforts of the Alaska Wilderness League, Community Environmental Council (Santa Barbara CA), Los Padres ForestWatch (Santa Barbara CA), Sequoia Parks Foundation, Sierra Club, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They co-authored “Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” (University of Alaska Press, 2010). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chose Jeff’s work to comprise their exhibit which celebrated the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 50th anniversary.