Even as a young girl, I have always been happiest when I have a pencil, pen, crayon, brush or camera in my hand. I enjoy capturing the beauty of this world and sharing it with others through my art.
I graduated from Bradley University with a BA in Fine Art and worked in Marketing Communications for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, IL and Caterpillar S.A.R.L. in Geneva, Switzerland for almost 20 years.
Retiring to Lake Geneva, WI in 2006, I served on several board positions, including as President, for both the Geneva Lake Art Association and the Greater Geneva Art Guild in Geneva, IL. I was instrumental in helping the GLAA become a 501c3 charitable organization, which is known as the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc. (GLAF) today. I am a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and web coordinator for the GLAF.
During my life, I have been fortunate to live on four continents, in five very different countries, each with its own particular character. I’ve studied the inhabitants, both human and animal, their unique dwellings and landscapes. My artwork is a reflection of what I’ve learned.
I never had any interest in photography prior to finding out that coursework in the field was required to obtain my BS degree in Broadcasting at San Diego State University. One course led to another, as well as discovering how much I enjoyed acquiring and processing photographs. My first subjects revolved around street photography. I set up home labs to process and print black and white and spent many hours in the darkroom creating photos of the people and events I encountered on my outings. Working in color meant turning over my images to a lab and relinquishing a portion of personal authorship.
Now the “Digital Age” makes it possible for us to use our still cameras for video and our video cameras for stills. The darkroom has been replaced by the computer and software programs that produce images in monochrome or color for output to many different types of media. I finish my images almost exclusively in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. I utilize the full range of each slider and preset to express what I felt at the time of capturing the image with my camera. This step is the equivalent of negative and print development in the darkroom. It is a required part of the workflow prior to creating the finished image. I personally print all of my work. I feel that this is a vital part of the process, just as important as acquiring the original image within the camera.