I’ve always been an artist of some sort….and art has always woven itself into my life. I love nature and being in it…I love old ruins, the magic of looking at the stars and feeling one with the cosmos, and the glimmer of life in the eyes. The sea is especially inspiring to me…but so are the winds as they whip through the desert. I was always given a camera – even at the young age of 4, I was asked to take family photos…my mother was an artist and her mother a singer. The arts have always permeated my entire family, and I knew when I was 5, that all I wanted to do was paint and write. Time disappeared for me and I knew it was what I was meant to do.
When I was 8, my father bought me a used 110 mm camera at a yard sale, and I took as many photos as I could afford. I would spend hours watching miniature worlds among the tiny plants by brooks and trees, trying to see life through their eyes.
I’ve traveled the world with a camera, and have been just as excited about the patterns and shadows created by a gate as the exotic location I was exploring. I love taking photos of the grungy, the forgotten, the wild. I’ve traveled Alaska, Kauai, most of the wilds of Canada, all over the U.S., Peru, Mexico, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Greece, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, and have so many places on my list that I am still planning to explore.
My mother had me help her with her art shows and enrolled me in the art classes she and others taught, since a very young age, to the point where my main language was color and light. I grew up in a multi-lingual household and was a quiet child who would also sometimes speak at length about various topics that interested me, but the three languages I knew would often go into the same basket, and I would jumble words and syntaxes….so the tone, feeling, color and composition was a language I really understood and could convey more clearly.
I’ve always been a strange bird…even to myself. I am complex yet extremely simple. I don’t know a lot of people who get to know me and subsequently understand me…though it happens on occasion. I think my art reflects my multi-faceted interests and passions, and mostly unifies my essence.