in Washington DC, raised in Bethesda Maryland and resides in Western
Montgomery County Maryland
Whitman High School, 1970 Bethesda, Maryland
Montgomery College Rockville Maryland,
Fine Arts, Photography
University of Maryland College Park Agricultural
Northern Virginia Community College Photography
illustration ~ 2003
"A Passion for the Creative Life: Textiles to Lift the
Mary Sheppard Burton
Photo -- National Geographic School
World Bank, New York
J. Gilbert's Restaurants, McLean, Virginia
and Art Associations
West, Alexandria, Virginia - Board of Directors 1998 - 2001
of Reston Artists - Board of Directors 1999 -2002
League at the Torpedo Factory
Smithsonian Institute Resident Associates Program
- Black and White Photography and Pinhole Photography 2000
two pieces, International Juried
Photography Exhibition, eklektikos gallery of art, Washington
Catriona Fraser - Juror
League of Reston Artists, USGS Photography
Exhibition, Maggie Knaus - Judge
Reston Artists, 7th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,
Honorable Mention, Equinox Open,
Rock Creek Gallery, Lillian Fitzgerald, Juror
Exhibition -- Water And Rock, Jasmine Cafe,
Lake Anne Center, Reston, Virginia,
Mention, Small Works Show,
League of Reston Artists, Lillian Fitzgerald, Juror
Merit Award, The Art League, The Torpedo Factory - Timothy
App - Juror
Exhibition -- Gallery West, Alexandria Virginia,
Rockville Arts Place, Rockville,
Maryland, Kathleen Ewing, Juror
Equal Merit, Juried Exhibition,
Paige Katherine Turner, Corcoran Gallery
of Art - Juror
Best In Show, USGS Photographic
Exhibition, F. Lennox Campello Judge
Ellipse Art Center,
Photo99, Brooks Johnson, Curator of Photography
Chrysler Museum - Juror
Equal Merit Award, The Art League,
The Torpedo Factory - Joseph Di Bella - Juror
Equal Merit Award, The Art League,
The Torpedo Factory - Lou Jones - Juror
Best of Loudoun County,
Waterford Days Festival
In Second grade, at Burning Tree Elementary, Mrs. Hanlon did not think as much of my passion for drawing helicopters as I did. She sent me to sit with the First graders to work on my letters but they thought the drawings were way cool and my instincts were reinforced. I suppose this was my first experience as an artist gaining recognition by breaking the rules….
Zoom forward to age 13 when I first saw a photograph come up in the developer tray and I was hooked. That was the coolest thing ever and 44 years ago my grandparents gave me my first camera for Christmas. In my teens I discovered that photography was a good way to get the attention of girls. I taught myself the basics, took some classes in college and started taking lots of photographs. In the 70’s I sold an image of a pony in the snow to the National Geographic Society’s school magazine and they put it on the cover! Ah, Fame!
In the early 90’s I discovered a new passion artistically, Pinhole Photography. There are few commercially made pinhole cameras so one must learn to build them. I used 30 gallon trash cans, made five of them loaded with 20x24” photo paper as “film” and set off to photograph streams. One of my images, “Catoctin Cascade” won an Equal Merit in a juried show and was spotted by Frank Lavelle of the Smithsonian Resident Associates photography program and he offered me a spot as instructor. I taught there happily for four years discovering another passion, teaching photography.
After several years of successfully competing at area art shows I juried into Gallery West in Alexandria in 1998. I was there several years, had a successful solo show and several Art League Equal Merit awards when I was offered the opportunity to illustrate a book on textiles and the art of Rug Hooking. “A Passion for the Creative Life” Textiles to Lift the Spirit” by world renowned Rug Hooker Mary Sheppard Burton won the Textile Book of the Year award in Minnesota.
When the Workhouse Arts Center was first proposed I became involved in the project and helped out any way I could. I did the Historic Architectural Building Survey project for LAF to document officially the site before the destruction and construction could begin. Now that the center is a reality I am happy to have been accepted by jury into the Workhouse Photographic Society. I look forward to a long and productive association there.
goal in photographing is to find the small places that still hold
the beauty and grace of what is past and yet still surrounds us.
So many places of beauty and tranquility are lost to us each
day amid the noise, confusion and stress of modern life.
Around us are small places and details we sometimes overlook
in our hurry to get somewhere else, and it is these places that
I look for as subjects. I
try to present the viewer with an enhanced appreciation for these
places and in that way perhaps preserve them.