My background is in art and design, with only limited coursework in photography. I consciously chose NOT to pursue a career in photography so as not to loose the joy of making images. After a long career in Child Protective Services, in 2005 I joined with a group of 6 photographers and a marketing expert to found Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, NY with the goal of exhibiting our images and those of others. We are still operational, now with 9 partners and 4 Artists-In-Residence. We rent space to additional photographers with shows that change every 4 weeks, some of them juried competitions. I do most of the graphic design for the gallery and much of the curating, both for the gallery and for local arts organizations to which I belong.