- ARTIST BIO -
“Making photographs is a chronicle of the way I see the world… a portal back to all of the many complex chapters of this one singular, brilliant, creative, beautiful life.”
Facing the early death of my mother and the struggles with addiction from my father, I spent endless hours in my teens and twenties drawing, painting and sculpting to escape the chaos in my world. These years were my early training ground for understanding the power of creativity and of telling our stories through making.
In my late twenties, I began making photographs after my father’s death as a way to cope and find relief. Several years later, I lost my fiance in a sudden accident. My entire future was pulled out from under me with one phone call. In the difficult months and years after, it was yet again creativity that came to my rescue. I dove into all forms of art making for several years, but making photos always seemed to be the central place I came back to.
Photography would be the place that I finally began to chronicle the pain of losing my fiance in a deeply raw self portrait series. Photography would also be the place I would begin to imagine, dream, and explore new worlds again as I rebuilt my life. The one constant through it all has been my camera.
When I look back at the past decade of images I have created, I see an entire life being lived. A flawed life, filled with fear and pain and love and bravery. With each image, I can remember where I was in my life at that time… the struggles or joys of the time. I can usually remember the music that was playing while I made the image, or the feeling of the place I was when I shot it. For me, making photographs is a chronicle of the way I see the world… and a portal back to all of the many complex chapters of this one singular, brilliant, creative, beautiful life.