My art began with photography. After receiving a Polaroid camera in Tucson I chased around road runners trying to take a picture. Along with the Polaroid camera, my grandfather loaned me his 35 millimeter (film) camera. I figured out how to use it by trial and error. While visiting Old Tucson, where John Wayne movies were filmed, along with some other westerns, I took a photo of an old schoolhouse. This was my favorite photograph. However, when I told my high school photography teacher I was going to enter it in the county fair, he said it wouldn’t win. I won first place in the county fair with that photograph. Later, when I told him I had won, he told me he was one of the judges. It’s still one of my favorite photographs.
I went to Butler University and have a degree in journalism. I published many photographs and news articles in the college paper. Yet, I specialized in sports photojournalism and did not know photography was an art until I came to the University of Kentucky. At the University of Kentucky I was able to explore photography as an art form. I went to many Society of Photographic Education (SPE) conferences and learned many different aspects of photography. I went to London, England with Bones, and had a wonderful experience. The best photograph I took during that class and trip was the photography of the Lattice Window. Henry Fox Talbot, known as the father of modern photography, took a photograph of this same window in 1835. The negative of Talbot’s photograph is known as the oldest existing negative in history.
As well as photography, I also was able to explore other media as well, and have quality work also in clay, textiles, watercolor, 2D Abstracts, collage, Adobe Photoshop, and printmaking. I feel as an artist, I do not need to limit myself to one medium.
After attaining my BFA, I began working at the Living Arts and Science Center (LASC). At that time I didn’t know how to draw, surprisingly having an art degree. Though, along with the photography classes and clay classes, I branched out and cartooning. The parents of these students wanted me to teach their children how to draw. Through this pressure, I learned how to draw. It was beneficial for me to teach myself how to draw because I could tell when students would have a difficult time with certain steps and aspects of drawing. I am very proud to hear when my former students enter SCAPA, win an award, or just enjoy drawing on their own. I have also worked at an after school program and taught cartooning.
I love teaching as well as making art. At the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky there is a program called M.U.S.E. (Museum Support for Educators). I help with this program since a have an extensive library of many subjects. I consider one of my art forms as being a student. By being a student I am able to teach.
Living in a place like Lexington, Kentucky, I have learned how important it to be a collector, as well as an artist, and educator. Lexington thrives on numerous galleries. Many artists in Lexington are known locally as well as nationally, and internationally. I have built a collection of these artists that I also can call friends, and they inspire me. As one of my professors said everybody is an artist. My goal is to make art that influences people, as well as being able to educate, and enjoy art.