ARTIST STATEMENT

I create my art for myself, as a visual journal of sorts. I certainly appreciate when others find my work appealing, or interesting, but at my base it is a personal expression of my day to day emotions, an inward path to clearer understanding. The process of creating photographic layers (along with mixed media) helps me to connect with myself in the midst of living in a noisy, busy, and sometimes distancing world.

Coming to this place in the middle of my life is not fully surprising. I have long surrounded myself with others’ art, and now have greater courage to express myself artistically. Initially engaging in a professional career of nursing and then moving more into psychology has provided me with the almost daily puzzle of finding shared meaning in human behavior and emotions. Ironically, this has both aided me in understanding myself and in allowing me to postpone myself as a priority.

Creating my images is a way to settle into who I am. The process is compelling and captivating, and provides both intrigue and frustration. It is an entry into sharing myself through visual portrayal and symbols, a map of my nature.


Awards

2015 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist
2015 7th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Runner-Up
2015 Evoke Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Group Show: Decomposition

2014 AX3-American Aperture Awards. Winner: Collage
2014 Paris, France, l’Institut National de l’Art, Mobile Photography
2014 MPLS Photo Center, MN, iPhone Photography Show: Honorable Mention
2014 MobileMasters Contest, MacWorld. Winner and inclusion in E-Book

2013 CS Gallery, Columbus, Ohio. Exposure: Mobile Photography Exhibition