My study of photography was initiated after a short stay in Dublin, Ireland. It was the first trip I made outside of my home country, the USA. That visit opened my eyes to the hardships others face. There were many societal, economical, and political differences that I had not experienced before. Once I returned to the States, it was difficult sharing those experiences. Between being terribly shy and not finding the right words, I could not convey my impressions and thoughts clear enough to be understood. So I thought, “if only I had taken photographs, I could show what I was trying to explain”. With that in mind, I enrolled in a community college photography course. The professor there was very supportive of the political imagery I was experimenting with and encouraged me to take another course. At that point, I knew I had found a better way to articulate my ideas and point of view.
I went on to complete my photography education. I received an Associate’s degree in Photography from Thomas Nelson Community College, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from The University of New Mexico, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University.
I consider myself to be a photographer, artist, and educator. As a fine artist, I have had my work exhibited both locally and nationally. Awards include those from esteemed jurors such as art critic Donald Kuspit and Valerie Fletcher, formerly of the Hirshhorn Museum. Currently I am an Associate Professor of Photography at Thomas Nelson Community College where I teach full time and also hold the position of Gallery Director for the Thomas Nelson Visual Arts Gallery. Courses taught include black and white film photography, color film photography, beginning, intermediate, and advanced digital photography, and computer graphics.