About me…

Photography fascinates me. It allows me to capture moments in time, places of beauty, and share stories. I was a latecomer to photography. My experience with photography up until the last few years consisted of poorly focused, poorly composed snapshots taken on the occasional birthday or vacation. Honestly I hadn’t thought much about photography. There wasn’t anyone I was around as a child that knew anything about cameras. It was never anything I set out to do intentionally.

I started paying more attention to photography after we moved to a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest in 2013. The island offered such beauty and I found myself taking hundreds of photos with my smartphone. The reactions I got from my friends when I posted on social media gave me confidence to take more photos. Lots more. This is when my perspective started to shift in how I thought about photography. Although I didn’t know it at the time, it was starting me on my current path.

A few years ago we left the island and moved to a new city. Not knowing anyone here I was soon bored. We had always bought fixer houses but this time we ended up with a newer house that didn’t need any work. I had too much time with too little to keep me busy. My husband knew I enjoyed taking photos and felt I had an eye for photography. At his suggestion I found a couple of classes to relieve my boredom. These were one or two night workshops covering the basics of digital cameras. That led to an 8 week Fine Art photography course with a borrowed vintage 4×5 large format camera and time in the darkroom. The pieces started to fall into place and it all started to make sense. Aperture and ISO were no longer terms I only pretended to understand, it was something real.

I was hooked! I had to learn more about this world of photography. I’ve attended workshops, watched hours of YouTube to learn techniques, read books, and joined as many groups and challenges as I can in an attempt to take me further into this journey.

Boredom has always played a big part in shaping my life. It pushes me to try new experiences and to learn new skills. My most recent obsession combining my love of nature and landscapes with self-portraits. These composited works I call “Altered Pixels”. This work drives me to keep learning and experimenting. It takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me to do things I never thought I could be capable of. I consider myself a lifetime learner in constant need of a challenge. Photography gives me all of that and so much more. It sparks my imagination and I hope that my art does the same for you.

About me…

Photography fascinates me. It allows me to capture moments in time, places of beauty, and share stories. I was a latecomer to photography. My experience with photography up until the last few years consisted of poorly focused, poorly composed snapshots taken on the occasional birthday or vacation. Honestly I hadn’t thought much about photography. There wasn’t anyone I was around as a child that knew anything about cameras. It was never anything I set out to do intentionally.

I started paying more attention to photography after we moved to a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest in 2013. The island offered such beauty and I found myself taking hundreds of photos with my smartphone. The reactions I got from my friends when I posted on social media gave me confidence to take more photos. Lots more. This is when my perspective started to shift in how I thought about photography. Although I didn’t know it at the time, it was starting me on my current path.

A few years ago we left the island and moved to a new city. Not knowing anyone here I was soon bored. We had always bought fixer houses but this time we ended up with a newer house that didn’t need any work. I had too much time with too little to keep me busy. My husband knew I enjoyed taking photos and felt I had an eye for photography. At his suggestion I found a couple of classes to relieve my boredom. These were one or two night workshops covering the basics of digital cameras. That led to an 8 week Fine Art photography course with a borrowed vintage 4×5 large format camera and time in the darkroom. The pieces started to fall into place and it all started to make sense. Aperture and ISO were no longer terms I only pretended to understand, it was something real.

I was hooked! I had to learn more about this world of photography. I’ve attended workshops, watched hours of YouTube to learn techniques, read books, and joined as many groups and challenges as I can in an attempt to take me further into this journey.

Boredom has always played a big part in shaping my life. It pushes me to try new experiences and to learn new skills. My most recent obsession combining my love of nature and landscapes with self-portraits. These composited works I call “Altered Pixels”. This work drives me to keep learning and experimenting. It takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me to do things I never thought I could be capable of. I consider myself a lifetime learner in constant need of a challenge. Photography gives me all of that and so much more. It sparks my imagination and I hope that my art does the same for you.

Boynes Emerging Artist Award 2nd Edition Finalist

Boynes Emerging Artist Award - July 2020

The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an independent, international online art competition for all 2D mediums from drawing to photography. Their goal is to give artists a platform for their work, and exposure for emerging artists everywhere.

Behind the Scenes, Sony Alpha Universe - April 2020

Sony’s AlphaUniverse.com has put together a “behind the scenes” article featuring one of my images.

The article details my process for capturing and creating the shot.

One of my favorite methods of creating is inspired by Brooke Shaden and her “White Wall Wednesday” video series on YouTube. Brooke is able to create beautiful pieces of art using a few props she finds around the house and a blank wall.

To learn more about this process, check out her YouTube channel.