I am a contemporary, conceptual photographer living in Napa, California, one of those amazingly lucky people who discovered their heart’s desire at the age of five, when I received a Kodak Brownie camera for my birthday. I grew up in New York, and had the benefit of living in the country, surrounded by trees, frogs and ponds; while also spending most of my teenage years traveling to New York City to learn about the history of art from museums and the reality of art from the streets.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, where I specialized in fine art photography. I continued my education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where I received my teaching certification in Art Education. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching photography and helping to expand the vision of my students in New York and California.
I am a fervent advocate for arts education, believing that to fully understand our world, children must be educated in the art of creativity. Towards this end, I have served on the Board of Arts Council Napa Valley for the six years. During my tenure as Chair, a comprehensive, sequential, K-12 Arts Program was implemented in the Napa Valley Unified School District with the support and funding from influential local, state and national stakeholders. My agenda is to continue to support the exposure and acceptance of all forms of artistic expression among local, national and international communities.