STATEMENT & CV
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. I miss everything there is about my life in California.
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.
Everybody loves to talk about their first camera, so let me get that out of the way: 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. That was the hard truth. This was the challenge for someone who liked to flit between broadcasting, painting and whatever else grabbed me as I raced by.
Art and photography are elusive. Timing might be everything. There's nothing like spending $300 for a paste up class in the 1980s only to learn that CGI (compurter generated graphics) would take over. I graduated from the paste up class and never touched it again.
Who said being an artist was easy?
I remember taking a marker class, thinking that I could transition to graphic art. I was on my own. A grown woman with two cats to feed, I could make more as a file clerk than with an entry level job. I had the skills. In class, people got angry with me when I produced a photo realistic rendition of an assignment. How dare me. I explained that I had 14 years' more experience in drawing and painting than they did. Entry level jobs worked for young people still living at home with their parents or lots of roommates. There was Debbie who lived with her parents and for her skill level, she might not have been knocking it out of the park and there may have been better, but she could afford to take an entry level job. God bless this girl because she played an important part in my transition: Debbie ultimately got that great job with the movie studios. One Christmas, I received a card from Debbie and her message was: "What happened to you? You were my hero."
CRUSH! It was enough to have me put everything away for a very long time. It was through photography that I found myself again.
As I age out and as watch the world of photography possibly over-saturate, there is a hint in my mind that I will return to my painting and drawing, but I'll always be true to photography. Stay tuned to watch my portfolio go one way or another. Debbie is haunting my house lately. I still have my brushes. Let's see if I can hear her speak a little louder.
I would love to have you watch me, but please, no Christmas cards with sorry messages!
So, in summary, my experience is in fine art painting, drawing, printing, photo restoration and colorizing antique photos. As the world continues to grab more photography and we see more and more images, I'm inclined to stay true to the botanical work I do with a camera and to take up paints or old school art media again. Be prepared to see some of that revealed here in my portfolio.
Currently, I sell prints at the Munson Williams Proctor museum store in Utica, NY. My prints are printed by me with archival inks and heavy artist grade papers. Every print is reasonably priced and comes with a certificate of authenticity. I'm staying true to the size 8x10 in an 11x14 mat. Larger sizes are available upon request.
* IPA 2011 - Honorable Mention - Editorial : Environmental Category
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* IPA 2012 - Honorable Mention - Fine Art : Other Fine Art Category