ARTIST HISTORY

STATEMENT & CV

 

BACKGROUND

 

I was educated in fine art (painting, drawing, etc) and went to school for photography in Santa Monica, California where I lived for 45 years.  I inherited a house and moved into it in 2014 in upstate New York. As the old saying goes, you can take the woman out of California, but you can't take California out of her soul.

 

I was a professional, transitional student at Santa Monica College. What do I mean by that? I mean that I tried everything except the required courses. I studied fine art, graphic art, journalism and creative writing, broadcasting and ultimately photography. I stayed with academic studies until a couple of professional photographers urged me to get out of school and get busy with a mentorship with one of them. There is value in formal education. It's a thousand times more important than just getting a camera for graduation. 

 

My first camera was a Pentax K1000 Asahi. My first digital camera was operated with a floppy disc.  I sold my first painting when I was 15 years old. I used to write poetry, mainly to make fun of my mother in lyric and then she caught me doing it.
 

One of my first gigs was to shoot an event for National Geographic. It was volunteer work and I sucked. That's what led me to formal education. I couldn't just pick up a camera and call myself a photographer. We all surprise ourselves with a new camera and then there is reality. It can be a hard landing.

 

After too many years of neglect, I have picked up a pencil again and started to draw. What have I learned, other than how it takes a while to get it back? I learned that I can't have too many art supplies and the book shelves are starting to sag from the weight of more and more books.  I was a surrealist back a long time ago, but like the over saturation of photography in the current world, I see that nearly everyone is a surrealist. I am not a photo realistic render artist, known as hyper realism.  I let a camera do that. There is a difference, for me, between photographic capture and artistic expression. One is a journey outward and the other is a reflection from within. Hyper realisim is amazing, but for me, it keeps me in that outward journey box. The challenge is to balance two elements of the same person.

 

My work style: It changes and settles. The world was turning to tack sharp photography and all of the bells and whistles and then it turned on to itself with video, for which I have little or no talent, leaning on the no-talent end of the spectrum. I shame myself by posting it. I have a rebellious urge to explore pictorialism and soft focus photography as well as black and white. Some of my photography is done with lensbaby lenses and some of it is processed after I see the subject. The picture below, called "It Tastes Like Flowers" is a composite of my work, together with a copyright free image of a girl from 1910 that I colorized.

CV

 

  • 2023 Munson Museum Side Walk Show: Black and White "Crossing Over"
  • 2022: Munson Williams Proctor Museum Side Walk Show: Composite photograph "Waiting For A Sign"
  • 2022 Prix de la Photographie de Paris - honorable mention
  • IPA 2021 (International Photography Awards)  Honorable Mention Black & White Nature Photography: "Release"
  • July 30,2021 Meet the Artist Solo Presentation, Munson Williams Proctor Museum
    July 2021 Munson Williams Proctor Museum Sidewalk Show, Mt. Hope Pictorialist image
  • July 2020 Munson Williams Proctor Museum Virtual Sidewalk show, levitation composite not for sale
  • July 2019 group show, Munson Williams Proctor Museum sidewalk show, exhibiting a train photograph (sold)
  • June 2019 Solo Exhibit at Oneida Public Library of train photography
  • January 2019 - Toy Train Show, Union Station, Utica, NY
  • 2018 Gallery on Farrier Avenue, Oneida, NY
  • December 2018 CAC Holiday Show, Sherrill, NY
  • 2015 (March) Featured Photographer, New Landscape Photography
    2013 MOPLA Pin Up Show, Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2011 & 2012 International Photography Awards

           * IPA 2011 - Honorable Mention - Editorial : Environmental Category
           * IPA 2011 - Honorable Mention - People : Lifestyle Category
           * IPA 2012 - Honorable Mention - Special : Digitally Enhanced Category
           * IPA 2012 - Honorable Mention - Fine Art : Other Fine Art Category

  • 2012 Pico Artist Coalition 
  • 2010 / 2009  5x7 shows, Blue 7 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2009 Water Show, Santa Monica College Exhibit, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2008 Exhibit for Pico Blvd / Pico Improvement Organization, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2008 National Geographic Bioblitz, Santa Monica Mountains, CA, contributing photographer
  • 2008 Sierra Club auction contributor