My love of photography and the visual arts generally, is rooted in my Midwestern upbringing in industrial Detroit and rural Michigan. Exposure to these starkly different landscapes, along with global travel and living abroad, continue to inspire me and inform my work. I have completed a few photography and iphonography courses, but am largely self-taught. I have found that my drawing and design coursework coupled with my lifelong interest in art history have been useful to my understanding of perspective and composition. For me, photography is a great and natural medium for self-expression and storytelling. I particularly enjoy experimentation—challenging visual boundaries and the received definitions of beauty. My portfolio includes images as imposing as the Great Wall and as unassuming as an iridescent-textured detail of a corroding guardrail. I am often in awe of how the everyday can become extraordinary. My ultimate hope is to create images that stir and engage the viewer in new ways.
I was born in Detroit, Michigan when it was a still-thriving manufacturing city. I was fascinated by the endless shapes and colors of newly minted automobiles, and the skyline’s billowing smokestacks and downtown office towers.
A move to rural northern Michigan in my teens was a shock on many levels, not least, visually. Now I was exposed to vast empty spaces and an abundance of wildlife. Here is where I came to appreciate the different textures and play of light on a pastoral landscape dominated by forests and farmland. The harsh and protracted winters made the budding of spring all the more exciting to the senses.
After receiving my B.A., I left Michigan for Washington, DC, home base for 40 years. During those decades, I have also lived in Geneva, Switzerland, Manama, Bahrain, Singapore, London and New York City. My love of travel coupled with living abroad have led me to see the world from multiple perspectives.
With the winding down of a rewarding career as a librarian and research analyst, has come more time for creative endeavors. I am grateful for the time to pursue my photography and other artistic passions.