I started documenting when I was aware there was such a thing as a camera but didn't really pay attention until about 15 years ago. Besides technical skill, learning to see the world around you is a critical element in photography. I was lucky in this regard because I grew up in a family of artists: My father Edward Reep a renowned watercolorist and my mom a quilter. From them I learned an awareness of detail, color, shape, pattern and the big picture. Pictures tell stories - not only people but inanimate objects. Everything has a story. Sometimes the story is a pattern or shape, curve or shadow, but if it draws the viewer in or evokes a feeling, a story has been told. On the "business" end, I've exhibited in galleries in Bakersfield CA, Basel Miami, and Kernville CA, both one-man and group shows; shown at Bakersfield Museum of Art; accepted into juried shows, won prizes; guest lectured at Cal State University, Art Societies and been represented in various publications.