The first camera I ever held was a Polaroid that belonged to my parents. I loved the surprise of looking through a viewfinder, pushing a button, and watching an image slowly appear on the paper. I excelled at and enjoyed art class all through my schooling. Still, when I got to college I made a conscious decision not to take any art classes because I knew if I did, I would spend all my time on them, and I wouldn't have anything left for "serious work." It didn't occur to me until I was in my twenties, unhappily attempting to force myself into traditional jobs that never felt like they fit, that art WAS my serious work. So I picked up a point-and-shoot digital camera and immediately fell in love--for the second time--with photography. It lifted me. It gave me purpose. And I haven't stopped taking photos since.
A long way from my point-and-shoot days, I am constantly exploring the genre, pushing the limits in camera and in post processing. I am always seeking new ways of expressing myself, and I live for the thrill of artistic discovery. I love to edit images until they become half photograph, half painting, defying easy categorization. But oh my, the photos that look like impressionist paintings in-camera? Those get me giddy. I hope I never stop learning and growing. It is that sense of discovery that makes this art form so exciting for me. I am constantly striving for that feeling of wonder I felt holding that first Polaroid camera as a child. And to my great delight, I keep finding it. So I will continue taking photographs as long as holding a camera keeps making me feel like an explorer in a new land. Which will be until I can no longer move my finger to push the shutter. Because there is always something new to see, and there are always new ways to see it.
I am currently seeking gallery representation.
Exhibitions and Awards
Group Show - Camera Materna: The Artist Behind the Nurturer; Barnes Gallery, Leverett Crafts & Arts Center, Leverett MA
2015 International Photography Awards
Honorable Mention, Nature/Other: Bumblebee Rose
Honorable Mention, People/Children: In Tulle
Honorable Mention, People/Family: Family
Honorable Mention, People/Other: Twisted, The Soul Series
Honorable Mention, People/Self Portrait: Twisted, The Soul Series
Honorable Mention, Fine Art/Other: The Soul Series
Honorable Mention, Fine Art/Portrait: Family
2014 International Photography Awards
1st Prize Winner, Micro: Merge
Honorable Mention, Fine Art/Abstract: Autumn
Honorable Mention, People/Self Portrait: On My Way Out
2010 International Photography Awards
Honorable Mention, Fine Art/Portrait: The Unseen, The Covenant, Self Portrait
Honorable Mention, People/Other: On the Brink
Honorable Mention, People/Self Portrait: Self Portrait