When viewing my work, I want the viewer to ask the following question.
"Is it a painting or is it a photograph?"
My studio is the location I end up finding on an exploration drive….searching back roads for subject matter!
I love hanging out in the woods because it is like a dose of medicine! The serenity I experience opens my minds eye to seeing so many wonderful things that can be photographed. Trips like these really stir up my artistic vision.
When not in the woods, I am in my "She Shed studio" creating still life images. Because I want to tell a story, much thought and preparation goes into still life creation. Having the right props, sizes, colors and themes are key items to the finished product.
My fascination with photography became a reality at age 11 when I received my first camera. At that early age, I was focused on how I would go about creating and capturing lifetime memories.
Years later, and as I continually learned the many aspects of photography, I attended the New York School of Photography; Bryan Peterson School of Photography, Peters Valley; countless workshops, seminars, and became a member of Northeast Pennsylvania Professional Photographers Association (NEPPA). While a member of NEPPA, I won several awards and served as president of the Association.
My photography career started out with portraits and weddings and later evolved into Fine Art Photography. My primary focus now is Still Life Photography, Landscapes and Flowers.
There is always something new to learn, and I’m regularly striving to move upward as the industry evolves with new equipment, techniques, or perhaps experimenting with my own unique ideas. I especially spend many hours in the “digital darkroom” bringing my creations to life. When my work is being viewed, I want the viewer to ask, “Is it a painting or is it a photograph?” When asked that question, I know my objective was met!
Awards: Blue Ribbon Awards from Northeast Pennsylvania Professional Photographers Association, NPPPA Five Court of Honor Prints Award, Fassbender Trophy Award.
Second Place winner of the 2017 Pocono Living Magazine Landscape photo contest, First Place winner of the 2018 Pocono Living Magazine Historic Structures photo contest. For one year served as President of NPPPA.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt