about the artist

First and best early memories of home is of a Dutch colonial house overlooking the Connecticut River in Higganum, Connecticut. I learned to fish and play barefoot soccer while being chased by an old turkey. My 4 siblings and I had railroad tracks behind the house, and we loved playing on freight cars and squishing pennies and screws on the tracks. There was sledding and skating in winter and water activities all summer. I spent all day everyday outside, when I wasn’t in school, and I still dream of that antique red house. I had a freedom kids don’t have today, without overly anxious parents and multiple media. It was heaven.

For my tenth birthday I received a brownie camera and cube shaped plastic flashbulbs, a gift from my favorite uncle. I learned slowly over many years about photography. It wasn’t the first digital camera that changed everything, but rather, about two iterations later, a goofy Nikon Coolpix swivel camera. By the time I bought a D60, I was totally smitten, and I began lessons and online lessons and workshops and anything that would teach me how to mostly achieve the vision I was looking for. It was such fun work!

For 46 years I taught elementary school, and it was wonderful at the beginning, and disappointing at the end, as kids and their parents and schools and administrators and education changed. Life has become more complex, sadly, and we all have too many first priorities. For the last fifteen years of teaching, my photography helped me connect with my willing students, with posters and projects, portraits and after school photography lessons. My last year of teaching was the most meaningful, teaching in a Title 1 school, where I photographed children who had never owned a photograph of themselves. I had parents plead with me for extra copies that they could have to send back to their relatives not in the US. Those kids really touched my heart. Without the photography, I believe my teaching would have ended much sooner.

Along the way, I married my husband, a college professor, had two brilliant children and now three lovely grandes. We have had multiple pairs of golden retrievers, mostly rescue dogs, named for country musicians, and two parrots. All are sometimes cooperative models.