I grew up in a small town on the Texas Gulf Coast, but have been stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base for the past five years. My husband is an officer in the Air Force, and we feel lucky to call Vandenberg Air Force Base our new home.
From the time I can remember, my life has revolved around family, creativity, animals and the outdoors. I always knew I wanted to follow my passion for art and creativity, but never dreamed I would be able to incorporate my other loves and interests into my work as well.
After high school, I pursued my undergraduate degree from Trinity University, where I double-majored in Studio Art and Art History. While there, I focused on photography and sculpture as my areas of emphasis. After completing my BA, I spent a year in the fine art world, helping manage sales and curate exhibits at the gallery of a well know fine art dealer. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that my passions lay, not in dealing with the art of others, but in creating my own.
Shortly after, I enrolled in a graduate program through the Academy of Art in San Francisco where I completed my MFA in documentary photography. There my classes and thesis work allowed me to find my niche in the photographic world. While exploring documentary photography, I found I was able to incorporate my photographic work with my other passions to create bodies of images that told a story, raised awareness or supported a cause. This is important to me because I also work as a PATH certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor for children and adults with disabilities as well as a photography and art teacher at school called Hidden Wings that provides classes and opportunities for young adults on the Autism spectrum. As I grow more as an individual and a photographer, I am striving to integrate these interests to build a career that I can be truly proud of.