M.A., Painting & Drawing, is a professional visual artist and art educator. Downer has been a landscape photographer for over thirty years, using 35 mm, 2-1/4, and digital formats, concentrating on desert environments and wild rivers. He has a B. A. from Stanford and an M. A. from San Francisco State University. He has exhibited nationally from Alaska to New York City to California and internationally as well. Currently he is an art instructor at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, CA.