"Cracked Earth" Archival pigment print on rag paper 20"x20"
The only memory I have from age 4 was taking a walk with others my age in a preschool class led by 2 college girls. We passed a tree that had small orange berries hanging off it and I was fascinated. I thought trees were only green. They told me it was a Mountain Ash and not so common in the Chicago area. This started me on the Natural World path that has occupied my life. What I have never seen before, I will photograph and then research and investigate.
I have studied photography and film at the Art Institute of Chicago but am primarily self taught. I am very much part of the digital world and make use of digital cameras as well as scanners in order to get a digital negative. Sometimes I composite images to convey my unique point of view on different subjects notably the environment.
I exhibit nationally and internationally, and am in many corporate and public collections including Nokia, State of Illinois, State of Washington, among others and private collections as well. I have been an international winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for the last 4 years and I have exhibited in Barcelona, Spain, and Berlin. The 17th International Photography Awards competition selected several works as well as the 12th International Color Awards as well as other juried competitions.
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