Making photographs draws me into exploring our culturally and physically diverse world. Majestic landscapes, winding village roads, busy city streets and laid-back beach towns grab my attention. I love composing and rendering photographs to stand alone or to incorporate in mixed media pieces that nudge viewers to wonder, desire, comment or relate to something in their lives. Inspiration comes to me from nature and travel.
A Cocoa Beach, Florida-based photographer and artist, I was exposed to photography and cameras when growing up through my father who was a professional photographer and I had the opportunity to experiment with different cameras. When I was a teenager he opened a photo studio and I spent time helping him in his studio and lab. That inspired me to take beginning through advance photography courses at BJC (BCC)and UCF as I worked toward my B.S in Business Administration and M.A. in Education.
Eventually digital photography overcame me then I began to explore alternative processes such as polaroid transfer, emulsion transfer, cyanotype and scanner photography. About six years ago I came across encaustic and began to experiment with it as another way to present my photographs more creatively.
My work has been displayed around Cocoa Beach including The Beachside Resident business office, Simpler Times Gallery, Coastal Produce market, Studios of Cocoa Beach gallery, and Juice N Java cafe and wine bar, and music venue. Outside of Cocoa Beach my work has been exhibited in a juried Kaleidoscope art show at Eau Gallery in Melbourne, Florida, FloridaWax, (a chapter of International Encaustic Artists) encaustic group shows at the Sanford Welcome Center, University Park in Winter Park and Casselberry Art House in Casselberry, and has been published in a National Park brochure, Liquid Lines magazine, Cocoa Beach Lifestyle magazine, Travel + Leisure online, Que Pasa? Puerto Rico tourism magazine, various travel and tourism websites and other promotional material.
A few years ago, I was the recipient of a second runner up award for a photograph I entered in a Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation photography contest. As a teacher, I sponsored after-school photography clubs and one of my students went on to form her own photography club in high school as a graduation project and interviewed me.
And so the journey continues. Stay safe, mask up and sanitize. There's light at the end of the tunnel.
For more information about my process, or to exhibit or purchase my art feel free to contact me .