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Ever since I got my first Brownie camera I have had a love-hate relationship with photography. None of my early photographs were worth mentioning and while my mother was encouraging, I didn’t really have exposure to great photography. I quickly abandoned my camera and went on to other things.
Years later, in my first career as an advertising copywriter, I was able to work with artists and photographers and began to develop a sense of design. When I got my first 35mm camera, I started taking pictures on a regular basis but it wasn’t until I took one specific class at Mt. San Antonio College that my perception changed. This class was titled, “Shape, Form and Texture,” and it changed my life. After that, I never looked at the visual world in the same way. In the following years, I began to view the world around me differently and I started to develop the basis of my approach to photography: To get people to become aware of the things they see every day and appreciate what they would not normally notice.
Unfortunately, my photographs were deeply personal but not exactly where I wanted to go. Then, I discovered the computer and digital editing. For someone who had been a professional “word person” I found a way to edit my photographs the way I could edit my writing. I loved it!
Now, my goal is to take my viewers on a bold, colorful journey where, hopefully, they can open their eyes to all of the great things they see every day…and not take things too seriously. (I also love black and white photography and hope you will appreciate that as well.)
I am a member of the Redlands Art Association and my work has won awards at the San Bernardino County Fair and has been shown in numerous venues throughout Southern California.