I have always been curious about peoples lives and the experiences that shape their world. When I was seven years old I asked my grandmother for a tape recorder, but I got a camera instead. I asked her "why a camera"? She replied, "you can record with a camera too son." By the time I was thirteen years old I had built a darkroom in my bedroom. My mother did not appreciate the smell but my passion for photography continued to grow. I received the first recognition of my work when I was in high school. My art teacher submitted my work into the James VanDerZee Black Heritage award, and I won first place and honorable mention. Not only was this my first payday as an artist, but it was also my first introduction to the artist James VanDerzee. He would remain a strong inlfluence in my aestheitc vision and identity as an artist.
My education in photography continued at the Art Instutute of Boston, study abroad in Italy, and at Maine Media Workshops. After college I established myself as a commercial, fine art, and editorial photographer, working in Maine, Boston, and New York. Part of my professional practice includes teaching at Maine Media Workshops and collaborating on communty driven projects with nonprofit organizations including Maine College of Art, The Telling Room, and KOS Kids of Survival in NYC.
I specialize in environmental portraits with a fine art sensibility. I strive to capture authentic human moments and tell compelling stories about real people. I approach my work with a collaborative spirit and am inspired by the personal connections I make with my clients and subjects. My knowledge and expertise in photography encompasses the historical, traditional, and the contemporary. I draw from this wide range of photographic traditions and methods in my creative process.
My work is published in Maine's Visible Black History, the First Chronicle of its People, and Portland Through the Lens. I have also recieved several grants and awards including, a Good Idea Grant and Artist in the Capitol Program from the Maine Arts Commission, with a formal proclamation from the 121st Maine Legislature, recognizing my work in the state of Maine. I still actively exhibit my fine art work and most recently I was selected as one of the 60 most collectible artists in Maine by Maine Magazine.