After obtaining an Associate's Degree in Professional Photography from the Southeastern Center for Photographic Arts in Daytona Beach, FL, I spent many years traveling and photographing in Europe. I have always been drawn to ancient world, and it was upon that world that that for a period of time, I focused my lens. While working towards my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History at the American University of Paris, I had the great honor of photographing the artwork and ancient artifacts for the Research Laboratory of the Louvre Museum. Within this fascinating institution, we were x-raying Picasso paintings & ancient Egyptian mummified cats, photographing Pre-historic stone age tools, ancient sculptures and famous painted masterpieces. My travels eventually led me to the archeological site of Tanis in Egypt where I worked as site photographer photographing the excavation and the compelling ancient objects found therein.
After moving to Miami in 1996, I continued to photograph artwork – this time for local art galleries, collectors and an art auction house. It was the birth of my first child that spun my calling towards portraiture when a mother in my childbirth preparation class asked me to create maternity portraits. I felt as if my very own ancient Mother Goddess had come to life. At that moment, a new inspiration within me was conceived and my maternity portraiture has continuously developed. At one point, my work & I were featured on Discovery Health Channel.
The wonder lust however, has never disappeared. Camera in hand, and a family in tow, today I regularly hike throughout the Florida landscape – primarily Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Nation Preserve capturing the art of nature. Photo Encaustics is an annexation to my photography which has allowed me to push my photography to a newer, creative level with paints, pigments and wax. I frequently teach photo encaustic classes at Fairchild Botanical Gardens. My work appears locally on the walls of homes, businesses and galleries.