I was a late bloomer and came to photography much later in life. I was homeschooled and grew up doing theatre, but I often made collages from magazines and painted on them for fun. I didn't start taking photos until I was 31 and at that time, I taught myself photography in the darkroom and I instinctively began painting on my photos immediately. I eventually created my own process of working with watercolors, because I did not want to paint with oils on silver gelatin, it felt too much like a painted photo from the 1800's and early 1900's. I wanted to make painted photos by hand, but I wanted them to feel more surreal and more modern. I have shown in Europe and Nyc in some gallery shows, and done some editorial work for the few magazines that will take a chance on a painted photo artist, but I have taken the last 3 years off from my craft to study drawing, oil painting and history in University. I recently came back to my painted photo medium and I am so thrilled to be back!