I became a photographer at the early age of ten after completing a 4th grade Sophia Elementary School science fair project consisting of a gallery of photos of local illegal trash dump sites and an essay addressing their ecological impact. Although my project did not finish first-place, I do believe the lessons learned from combining photographic as well as literary skills helped enable me to graduate as co-valedictorian of my 1982 Independence High School senior class. It has also helped me to begin my business dedicated to Fine Art Photography. 'Tammi-Connard.ArtistWebsites.com' is designed to encourage individuals to seek the healing beauty of God's creation, especially that bestowed upon our (and possibly your) 'home' state of West Virginia. It was the 'chosen' home (Cunard, WV) of my husband's great-grandfather, Joseph Matthew Connard, as he immigrated to the United States during the late 19th century to escape the dictatorship of Prince Franz Joseph of Austria (himself being of German descent). His first-born son to this country and West Virginia was Adolph Ardnt Connard who assisted in the formation (Local Secretary) of the United Mine Workers of America (U.M.W.A.). He supplemented his meager coal miner's wages by taking, developing, and printing portraits and other photographs using a large format 'bellows' camera sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co.. His original 'Self-Portrait, 'Red Ryder Gang', and 'My Son Rodney with Critters' colorized photos as well as several B/W's may be viewed in the Gallery in his name. It is in his memory that myself, my husband, and the members of our family are dedicated to sharing with you the 'Wild & Wonderful' beauty of our 'Mountain State'; West 'by Gosh' Virginia!