I am a photographer, digital & graphic artist living in Pineville, NC with my husband David, and our Wire Fox Terrier, Remy and a feral cat that adopted us Katie.
I don’t consider myself a purist when it comes to photography because the artistic and creative side of me wants to produce more than just a photojournalistic point of view. In some cases I when I am photographing an abandoned place, I almost feel like a story teller. My goal is for you to feel the same sense of wonder I do when looking at the remnants of what once was and how mother nature has a way of reclaiming what is left behind. Of course there are times when I will take a more traditional approach, but my end goal is to take you on the journey with me.
For me, the art of photography captures a single moment, frozen in time, that can evoke a memory, a feeling, or strong emotion if captured right. As hard as it is to imagine anything beautiful in decayed, rusted and dilapidated buildings, homes, cars or trucks, it’s there and I want to help you see it. Being a photographer with an artistic eye allows me to capture images that I hope will help you see that beauty and character.
The name Wabi Sabi Photo Art, was conceived during a Creative Photography Class with a wonderful teacher, Catherine Anderson. While she was teaching she used the phrase Wabi Sabi and told us “Looking through the eyes of Wabi Sabi, we see the beauty and value of life’s imperfect parts and the hidden treasures they reveal.” Architect Tadao Ando describes Wabi-sabi as underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered. For me this describes my photography and artwork perfectly.
I hope you enjoy walking through my world and seeing the beauty that I see in everything I do. My hope is that somewhere along the journey through these images that you experience a connection or emotion that stirs your soul, then my job as a photographer and an artist is complete.
There are three areas that I like to photograph:
Abandoned and Forgotten
I love photographing abandoned and forgotten places. Homes once filled with families, schools filled with children, places where relationships and friendships began and sometimes ended. Just standing in these locations sometimes evokes a feeling of wonder at what might have been. Was the past simpler and less complicated?
Nature photography has always fasincated me. The intricate details of flowers, insects, and random objects that can only be captured by macro or close up work is a world in itself. Capturing those details allows me to share that beauty that you might otherwise never see. I have created a line of cards that showcase my macro work and share some of my favorite inspirational quotes.
Portraiture is such an initmate type of photography. I enjoy capturing the essence of who you in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Being in front of a camera can be an intimidating feeling. I think it is important to spend some time having fun and talking so your personality and beauty can be captured in the photographs.
I sat on the Board of Directors for the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte, NC for 5 years. I am also is a co-leader for the Charlotte Photography Group with over 2000 members. In 2008 I and another artist were the founding partners of the Civic & Cultural Art Center of Pineville.
In 2010 I won 2nd place for my digital art piece “Alex with Pink Feathers” which I created in Corel Painter for the Corel Quest for the best Creativity Challenge. The world wide contest for digital artist had thousands of entries from all over the world.
My photography has been shown in the Moonstar Gallery in Foscoe, NC.; The Belk Corporate Headquarters, in Charlotte, NC ; WSOC TV Station, Charlotte, NC; Presbyterian Hospital Lobby in Matthews, NC
I was a featured photographer on Mike Moats, Tiny Landscape Blog in 2011.