The hand process of developing black and white photography has always been a source of creativity and joy for me. It started in college with a class that was an introduction to professional photography. It taught me basic composition, processing, printing and a whole lot more. Looking through the lens of a camera opened up a new world, I learned to see things differently!
After setting up my own darkroom and connecting into the world of images, I read an article on hand painting photographs. I was intrigued, and ordered a set of oils. Although my first love is black and white, I became enthralled by adding another dimension to my images.
My work has taken many directions, from black and white images, to hand painting and dying photographs and photograms, to color stock gardening photography.
Over the past decade I've had three one woman shows, participated in many invitationals, and have had galleries in the Northwest, Southwest and Los Angeles. My clients include greeting card companies, gardening magazines, art magazines and periodicals.
Although I consider myself primarily self taught, I've taken workshops at photography schools, and classes in art, design and illustration. Within these ten images for my portfolio, two represent a series in each category.
"With camera and darkroom, paint, dye, found objects and images, something part imagination, part real is created."