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   I have enjoyed photography and art since I was young. I was fortunate to have traveled with my family throughout the United States as I was growing up. Taking pictures during those trips was was an exciting and rewarding experience. Being semi-retired from teaching, I now have more time to rekindle my artistic pursuits. Much of my work depicts life outdoors, because that is where I spend a significant amount of my time. Capturing moments through photography, whether magnificent or understated, is more fulfilling now than ever.

   My wife Kim and I live in Ashton, Illinois where we foster rescued dogs, volunteer, teach part time, and enjoy small town life. 


Exhibitions and Awards


Color Exhibit, Grey Cube Gallery

Found Exhibit, and The Beauty in Madness Exhibit, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

White Exhibit, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece


10x10 Exhibit, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

Trees and Fields, Contemporary Art Room Gallery

Abstract Exhibit, The Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL - Best in Show

Luminosity Exhibit - New York  Center for Photographic Arts

Landscape Competition, Camelback Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ - 1st Place, Photography

One Person Show, The Crystal Cork, Dixon, IL

Winter Arts Show, Woodlawn Academy, Sterling, IL


Abstract Exhibit, The Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL - Honorable Mention

Shades of Gray Exhibit, The Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL - Second Place

Skies Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA


Regional Art Exhibit, The Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL - 3rd Place

KSB Art Show - People's Choice Award


Monovisions Photography Award - Honorable Mention

What's Happening

Praxis Gallery, May 2021

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Grey Cube Gallery April 2021

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"For Sale - As Is", part of the "Found" exhibit at the Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. April 2021

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"Enjoying the Sun" - part of the "White" themed exhibit at Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece. 2021

Three photos at the the 10X10 exhibit at the Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas, Fall 2020

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"October Sky" - Merit Award Trees and Fields Show - Contemporary Art Room Gallery 2020

Mixed Media Work "Blood and Tears 1873" - Best in Show, All About Abstract show, The Next Picture Show gallery - August, 2020

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New York Center for the Photographic Arts - "Luminosity - The Impact of Light" Competition 2020

"The Wild Bunch" Painting by renowned Western artist Kathy Sigle from a photograph of mine - Spring 2020

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Featured in

Camelback Gallery, Scotsdale, AZ - Landscape Competition, 1st Place Photography 2020

One Person Show at The Crystal Cork 2020

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Bison photos in the Lee County, IL Tourism Fun Guide for 2020

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2019-2020 Winter Show at Woodlawn Academy - Sharing space with other Anois artists.

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TNPS Abstract Show 2019

Drawing by Dan Williams from my photo.

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TNPS Shades of Gray Show 2019

"Hoops" included in Skies Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA - 2019

Two winners of Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer's 2019 photo contest, hanging in his Dixon and Springfield offices.

TNPS is pleased to announce “Road Trip”, a digital photograph by Steve Toole of Ashton, as the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the recent All About Abstract Art Exhibition at KSB Commerce Towers. “Road Trip” was one of 32 pieces of original art on display at KSB Commerce Towers from January 7 – March 30, 2019. KSB will purchase the art piece and the framed 28” x 37” photograph on canvas will be placed on display near the east entrance of Commerce Towers.

Editor's Pick Twenty20 "Trees" Challenge

People's Choice Winner - KSB Art Show 2018

Various awards from art shows - 2017-18

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Monovisions Photography Awards 2017 Landscapes Catagory - Honorable Mention

Monovisions Photography Awards 2017 Nature and Wildlife Catagory - Honorable Mention

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