I will have three photos in the special "Unprecedented Change" show about climate change. The show is in Cold Spring at Create Community, which runs from September 28th through October 28th. The opening reception is Saturday, September 28th from 5pm - 7pm at 11 Peekskill Rd., Cold Spring. I hope to see you at the opening reception!
Music and visual expression were the first waves of my early childhood and thus, study began before the age of five with private music lessons along with strong encouragement to draw and paint. After winning a savings bond from an art show in Savannah, GA for a watercolor around the age of four, exploring visual arts became a daily pastime alone, in classes or private lessons throughout my childhood. I was especially fortunate to learn various methods from textbook author, Dr. Rosalind Ragans for nearly a decade. Through Dr. Ragans, I was opened up to new worlds with Indonesian batik, kiln work to create glazed pottery along with the standards of pencil, charcoal and pastels. With additional private lessons in watercolor and basket weaving from Ruth Hibbs, I was able to experiment further with what mediums I found success and delight. Before leaving college for NYC, I studied with Dr. Stephen Bayless, who was particularly full of encouragement for my sketch work. However, it was also at this point when I fell into photography, which is what stunted my continued growth with other mediums. It was not until my late twenties that I turned to my mother’s preferred medium of oil to experiment, but because photography served as such an instant gratification and allowed me more versatility and portability, I sought out for more of what I felt was quick and simple, compared to all else that I had learned. It was later in my mid-30’s, while living in New York that I leapt into more studies through the International Center for Photography with Darius Himes and Joanna Hurley and through workshops with landscape photographer, Curtice Taylor and writer, Peter Markus. It was during this time when I became recognized for my eye in shooting images that drew special attention. This attention led to being published with Scholastic, Cambridge University Press and later with a German publisher for the “Indie Travel Guide”, which was published in Europe and released in the United States in in 2009. In addition, posters using my images were displayed in Barnes & Noble in NYC. My work was also on exhibit with small shows in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Charleston, SC. Once leaving the city temporarily for Charleston, SC, my work went on hiatus for about four years until returning to New York, relocating in the Hudson Valley. Having currently resided in the valley for nearly ten years, this special area has certainly served as a new inspiration, thus, I am now pivoting back to my original background, making a decision to return to multi-media art, reviving work in pencil, oil, watercolor, pastel and charcoal while also experimenting with outdoor sculpture creations.