Photographer’s Statement

As a little girl I traveled all the time as my father was in the military. We were either overseas or on the road; and I would be in the backseat of the car with my brothers, viewing landscape, license plates and the Thunderbird, my favorite car. This started my trek of traveling on the road and taking pictures of towns, aging buildings & historical objects. As a kid, I started collecting hand-painted postcards from the 50’s and 60’s and later decided that the scenes I saw would look interesting hand painted. I also was inspired by American kitsch.

In the 80’s, I was hired to be the photographer at Western Scenic Studios, an Oakland event & film commercial company that had been around for 100 years. Charlie Chaplin hired this company to paint backdrop scenery for his movies. I was a painter and printmaker who suddenly worked with the camera and fell in love with it. I wanted to get better at shooting pictures and worked with master photographer Bill Davis who had been an assistant to Eliot Porter. Every two years, I took workshops with a master photographer—mainly Phil Borges and Tewfic ElSawy—who helped me gain confidence as I developed a travel portfolio. My current world and domestic photograph series is called “The Beauty of Culture”.

The Beauty of Aging photographs were taken on my travels during the last twenty years. I have exhibited my work in the Bay Area; Aspen, Colorado; Taos, New Mexico and Tucson, Arizona. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Arizona and Master of Arts degree in Printmaking/Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Between 1995 and 1998, I was supported by an art patron to create etchings and monotypes at the Kala Institute in Berkeley. My work has traveled to museums and art centers in Colorado and Arizona supported by the Western Commission for the Arts. In 1999, I was artist-in-residence at Magnolia Editions in Oakland where I worked with a master printer on lithographs from my photographs. In 2008 I had a solo show at Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, California, of my hand-painted diptychs.

My work can be found in the collections of Crocker Bank in Los Angeles; Blanc & Otus PR; Field Paoli Architects in San Francisco; and Seadden, Arp & Slate Advertising in New York as well as several private collections. Here is a list of selected exhibitions where my work has been shown:

2016   Solo Show, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael

2014   Transitions, Photography show, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael

2012    Kunkler Design and Showroom Gallery, San Rafael

2010    Center for Creative Photography, Alumni Show, Tucson, AZ, Falkirk Invitational, San Rafael, CA

2009   Dia de los Muertos, exhibition of Altars, Artworks Downtown SFMOMA Artist Gallery, Group Show, San Francisco, CA

2008   Solo Show, Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CA  Falkirk Center, San Rafael, Juried Show
2007   SFMOMA Artist Gallery, Summer group show, San Francisco
2006   Alternative Techniques in Photography, Marin Civic Center San Rafael
2005  Creative Center for Photography, Tucson, AZ
2005–1992 SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery
2002    Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts
2001    Laguna Art Museum
1999    Taos Fall Arts Invitational
1998    Banacker Gallery
1997    Olga Dollar Gallery
1996    Artifacts Gallery
1995    Allport Gallery
1994    Kala Institute
1993    Harlan & Allen Gallery