When I was 12, my aunt let me look through her professional camera. My aunt lived in New York city and frequently traveled to Europe to take photographs. I was a Kansas farm kid; her camera was the most sophisticated gadget I’d ever seen. Her life seemed very glamorous. Perhaps if I got a fancy camera, I could have a glamorous life as well.
Being a farm kid, I enrolled in 4H which is a program where farm kids learn arts, and crafts and how to butcher livestock.
I got really lucky. My 4H photo teacher had a nice darkroom. In the darkroom I lost interest in the camera as a gadget and fell in love with making images.
Currently my work is in several galleries and I participate in art shows and festivals across the United States. I have a new project in which I am doing portraits on paper negatives using turn of the century 8x10 studio and field cameras.