As a child, I carried a small Canon point-and-shoot everywhere I went, to document and remember my world as I saw it. Today, I still have a trusted Canon at my side and never hesitate to use it for capturing a moment in time and, hopefully, making it a memorable one.
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 how to use manual camera settings, shooting only on slide film. In 2000, I received 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, my digital Canon and I were inseparable.
Since 2012, my photos have been on display at CatchLight Gallery, a photography only gallery in downtown West Jefferson, NC. Despite having a degree in Biology, life led me on the path of a graphic designer and I was lucky enough to be self-employed in Ashe County for 17 years. I made my own schedule and photographed Ashe County landscapes and local events every chance I got. In 2013, I took a position as a cover designer at McFarland, a small publishing company in Jefferson, NC and am now the company’s director of operations.
In my photography, I have a fascination with light and its interaction with the landscape and find myself especially drawn to 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.
I'm a hobbyist photographer, and enjoy doing photography but know there's so much for me to learn. I love learning and trying new things. My most recent interest is in learning about night photography and in how to edit the images to show what only the camera can see.