When I was young, I carried a small Canon point-and-shoot everywhere I went. I was obsessed with documenting my world as I saw it. Today, I have a trusted Canon 50D at my side and we are inseparable.

I spent my summers in Ashe County, roaming 100 acres in Creston where my mother lived, from the age of 5 until I went to college for a degree in Biology in 1990. In 2003, I moved to Creston permanently.

My serious interest in photography began in 1996 to complement a new-found interest in birding. I enrolled in an adult education evening class to learn manual camera settings, shooting only on slide film. In 2000, I got my first digital camera and haven’t looked back. In 2007, I was a recipient of the annual Regional Artist Project Grant through the Ashe County Arts Council to purchase my first digital SLR. It was love at first click!

In my photography, I have a fascination with light and its interaction with the landscape and I seem to gravitate to photographing trees. Outdoor, natural light photography is my primary focus, from the intricate detail of wood textures to the expansive vistas of the Ashe County mountains, valleys, skies and rivers. Although I enjoy mostly outdoor and wildlife photography, I also love candid shots and local events.

I am the general manager at McFarland Publishing in Jefferson, NC. My photos can be found at CatchLight Gallery in West Jefferson, NC and are often on display at Bohemia and Boondocks Brewing in downtown West Jefferson.