I received my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Starflash for Christmas from my brother when I was seven years old. This started an enduring interest in photography. While in college as a music major, I took electives in art history and architecture. These classes proved to be valuable lessons for many aspects of photography--from identifying light sources, the interplay of shapes and colors to developing my own aesthetic response.
In addition to capturing the activities of family gatherings and vacations, I found that I was taking my cameras along on hikes, to local events and creating my own itinerary of places I wanted to capture. With request from others for favortie photographs, I was motivated to improve my images and embrace the medium with a stronger degree of skill.
My continuing education in photography has included classes with local travel and news photographers, as well as National Geographic Traveler Photo Seminars with photographers Nevada Weir, Eddie Soloway and Michael Medford. In 2011, I participated in a photography excursion to the island of Sitka, Alaska.
I'm a travel and culture enthusiast. My images reflect scenes that have stirred and emotional or inquisitive response in me. I am particularly drawn to people and places that are different from my Milwaukee surroundings. As I share my photos, I find that they become a channel to intriguing conversations that bring about a better understanding of myself and others.