about the artist
Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, his first flight was in 1999. Destination: New York City. At the age of 15, the course of his life would be forever changed… The sprawling metropolis opened his eyes and expanded his mind; suddenly he knew that he could accomplish anything he dared to dream and go anywhere his heart desired.
Kurtis’ passion is exploring the world in the panoramic format. It’s temperamental, but the cinematic quality is so very rewarding. You can be overlooking a pristine lake at the top of a mountain at 12,000’ of elevation, but the composition just won’t work. It’s a unique challenge. While traveling, he loves to carry only his panoramic film camera with a single lens and tripod in addition to hiking equipment and provisions
He also enjoys photographing portraits and special events with his wife, Marci Madla. In 2018 they decided to combine their individual businesses and re-brand to create something completely new together, Two Sapphires. Together, they offer elegant portraiture and timeless wedding photography. His wife, Marci, is also a licensed cosmetologist, specializing in hair and makeup for special events and photography - all of their portrait sessions include professional hair and makeup.