BIO

I have lived in Northern Illinois my whole life. At 10 years old I took my first photo. When I was in my early 20s I saved up to buy my first SLR camera, which served me well for over 25 years. I got my first digital SLR camera in 2006, but the real turning point came when I started using Photoshop. I love how I can use this tool to create beautiful photos that I had never before thought possible.

In 2013 I received my BFA in studio art. I continue to submit my work to galleries and photo competitions. Currently, I do most of my own printing and framing. I love to travel with my husband and explore new places to photograph, especially in colder climates. In the future I am looking forward to capturing more of nature’s beauty for many years to come.


ARTIST STATEMENT

There have been moments when the beauty of nature has brought me to tears. I wish to convey that beauty through my work. Most of what inspires me comes from Mother Nature. My treks into nature are meditative. When I relax and allow the forces of the Universe to guide me, I begin to notice the subtle nuances that are hidden beneath the obvious. I have said that I liken it to God tapping me on the shoulder and telling me where to look.

Observing everything through a photographer’s eyes, the world becomes my canvas. I survey the contrasting patterns of colors, shapes, and textures as I compose my view into a rectangular screen. By not limiting myself to a particular subject matter, I am always open to discovering something fresh and unusual to photograph in a creative way.

During the post-processing stage I push boundaries by intensifying color and contrast to construct an image that goes beyond a simple snapshot. Occasionally, I use manipulation techniques that are most often executed within the camera itself. I employ artistic principles along with my creative vision to produce digitally enhanced images with depth and drama, resulting in technological works of art.

For me, fine art digital photography is a merging of science and art; a utilization of both sides of the brain. It is with this medium that I feel I have found my perfect point of balance.