As a child I was always surrounded by intriguing colorful layouts, eye catching compositions, and the smell of paint. My father, a teacher of sign painting for over 25 years, inspired my creativity and imagination at a very young age. My pastimes then involved many forms of art including drawing, painting, scratchboard, wood burning, macramé, needlework, stained glass, and photography. I developed a natural eye for composition, which I apply to my photography and to my current endeavor of painting with watercolor and oil.
I truly believe that a great photograph begins with the ability to 'see' beyond the norm into the infinite beauty and mystery of the subject matter. Through my many travels, I am provided with a bounty of unique environments and compositions. I try endlessly to notice the fascinating scenes and overlooked details that exist on our planet; sometimes in my very own backyard. It is my desire and objective that with a fresh perspective, and the use of dramatic natural lighting, my images will draw the viewer in to take a deeper more intimate look. I also hope that viewers will become refreshed, renewed and as filled with a sense of wonderment as I am by the splendor and majesty of nature.
Although primarily a self taught photographer and artist, I have taken courses in fine art and 2-D design at College of the Canyons along with studying under the tutelage of local artists, including watercolor artist Pong Apinyavat. I have taken several workshops with nationally recognized artists such as Brenda Swenson, Frank Eber, and Andy Evansen. Additionally, I am a passionate advocate for furthering visual art in Santa Clarita and served as President of the SCAA for two years as well as serving on the Arts Commission for the City of Santa Clarita.
Selected Exhibits and Shows:
2005 Art Classic, Santa Clarita Artists' Association – Honorable Mention, Oils
2006 Art Classic, Santa Clarita Artists' Association – Silver Medal, Photography
2007 Art Classic, Santa Clarita Artists' Association - Gold Medal, Photography
2008 Earth Day, City of Santa Clarita – Juried Exhibitor
2009 Art Classic, Santa Clarita Artists' Association – Honorable Mention
2009 Burbank Art Festival, West Coast Productions – Juried Art Fair
2009 Earth Day, City of Santa Clarita – Juried Exhibitor
2010 Tournament Players Club, Stevenson Ranch - Exhibitor
2010 Festival of Art – City of Santa Clarita, Juried Participant
2010 'Where the Good Life Takes You' – City of Santa Clarita, First Floor Gallery, Juried Show
2010 Bubblicious – City of Santa Clarita, Juried Participant
2011 Art Classic, Santa Clarita Artists’ Association – Honorable Mention, Watercolor
2012 Art2Go, City of Santa Clarita – Juried Artist
2009 'With Eyes Wide Open' – Canyon Theatre Guild, Newhall, CA
2010 Featured Artist – OutWest – Newhall, CA
2011 Featured Artist – OutWest – Newhall, CA
2012 “Of This Earth” – Canyon Theatre Guild