mindfullight

mindfullight

Although I have always appreciated natural beauty and enjoyed art, I grew up believing I had no artistic talent. However, when I had the opportunity to model for photographer Edna Bullock (wife of legendary photographer Wynn Bullock and my great aunt) my interest in the visual arts became personal. After Great Aunt Edna died, her daughter, my Aunt Barbara gave me the Nikon F camera that had been used by both her father and mother and a crate full of how-to-books. With camera and manuals in hand, I started looking at the world around me in new ways and started learning how to translate what I saw into creative images.

My growth as a photographer has continued through personal study, interactions with family and fellow artists, and most of all, through lots of trial and error. My basic approach is to observe my internal response to what I'm seeing. When I find a scene or a view that strikes a chord, I attempt to craft an image that has meaning. Sometimes it’s easy and the image just leaps out at me. More often, it requires thoughtful observation, adjustment of viewpoint, careful timing, and technical finesse. But, when it all comes together, I feel the impact of an image that resonates.

In 2006, at the Felix Culpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA, I exhibited photographs of flames – nothing but black backgrounds and red, dancing, mystical, ethereal flames. In 2006, 2007 and 2009, at the annual Bouquets to Art event in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, I created images of the floral arrangements and the art works they compliment, turned them into greeting cards and limited edition prints overnight, which I then sold in the museum during the event. In 2009, I presented an exhibition of landscape photographs at The Gallery @ Lavezzo Designs in Emeryville, California, and was one of three photographers featured in the book, Bouquets to Art, Celebrating 25 Years. In addition to my personal creative work, I am a volunteer photographer for events at The Crucible in Oakland.
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