An appreciation for animals, literature, and music have defined my life. I was born with a love for horses and began following them around with a camera at a very early age. To this day, nothing gives me more satisfaction than capturing the bond of trust between a human and an animal.
As a photographer, I tend toward a “quiet eye”. Whether shooting nature in the Georgia swamps or acting as a “Street Photographer” during my black and white photojournalistic years, I have tried to create a soothing yet thought provoking experience for myself and the viewer.
My early influences included the classic “Painterly School” of photography, most especially Julia Margaret Cameron, as well as Elliot Erwit, a photographer known for his wit and dry sense of humor.
I am currently using photoshop to create both painterly images and whimsical composites that I hope will result in a peaceful, thoughtful or amused response.
Family life: My husband Dennis has been my best friend for over forty years. We live on a farm in Fayetteville, Tennessee with a dog, cats, horses, deer and wild turkey. We are retired and dedicate our lives to taking care of each other and our animals.
“Work That Women Do”, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. My entry in this exhibit included ten black and white images which documented a disabled rider’s program in Monte Verde, Fl. I was a volunteer and instructor for this program for several years.
The “Dog Stories” exhibit was featured in Canine Images magazine. This group of 25 black and white prints toured Florida as a one-woman show in venues such as the Orlando City Hall Mayor’s Gallery and The King Center in Melbourne.
1998: First and third place in Photography and Best In Show, Art Show At The Dog Show, a national juried competition held annually in Wichita, Kansas. “Water Dance” was purchased as part of the permanent collection of the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis. (FYI: The museum originated in NYC, relocated to St. Louis for three decades and returned to Midtown Manhattan in February of 2019.)
1999: Judge, Art Show At The Dog Show, Wichita Kansas.
1999: Artists of the AKC Museum of the Dog Annual Juried exhibition.
August, 2019: Exhibiting Artist at Creative Lane by Lexus of Huntsville
6580 University Drive NW
9-5:30, Monday thru Friday
Wooden Indian Art Collective, Petersburg, TN
April, 2019 thru July, 2019: Exhibiting Artist, Huntsville Creatives
Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Dr., Studio 301, Huntsville, Al 35805
January, 2018 to March 2019: Huntsville Art League, Exhibiting Artist
September, 2018: Two pieces were included in the Horse Crazy Artists Exhibit, WHAM Art Association, Surprise, Arizona. “Light As A Feather” received “Honorable Mention”.
2018 and 2019: Collector's Draw contributor, Huntsville Art League
I have been a photographer for over fifty years and have carried everything from a Polaroid Swinger to a Hasselblad. I cut my teeth on Kodachrome slide film and spent many hours in a darkroom archivally processing black and white film and prints. That era came and went and I had to drag myself kicking and screaming into the digital age. It seems that every time I have mastered the current technology it goes obsolete and I am left to start over in a whole new world. Will this scenario ever stop? I don't think so but the technology that allows me to produce my current work is phenomenal. Adobe Photoshop has been a challenge to learn but never in the history of photography has there been a more powerful tool for creativity. If you are struggling to learn the basics as I once did, there is more help out there than ever before. I'll be here to offer you encouragement as others have done for me. Here's to blessings and curses...and an ever changing life as an artist.
The world speaks in 6,500 languages but sees in only one. The visual arts fill a need for those of us who would rather communicate non-verbally. The good news is that you can speak to the world through your art, whether it be painting, singing, dancing, cooking, healing, teaching, or riding a horse. Whether the world recognizes your talent or not, practice your art. I guarantee it will improve the quality of your life and soothe your soul.