My Dad was a career Navy doctor who took us from Japan, to the mid Atlantic states, and back to Japan again before I went to art school. Both of my parents are artists but my Dad is the one who pushed me to become a photographer. By the time I was 14, he gave me his Nikon. I was accepted into Maryland Institute College of Art’s Photography program in ’88. After college I found work as a graphic designer until I finally was hired as an “In-House” photographer for Giant Foods, Inc. in the Washington, D.C. area. Then I had kids and became a “Stay-at-home/work-at-home” mom for almost 10 years. During this time I had the freedom to self publish and write a book called “Paws In The Kitchen.” I also started making handbags and jewelry out of old record albums. I now am a photography graduate student at Academy of Art University.