My passion for photography arrived fairly late in life while returning to college after my children had grown. A course in photography with a darkroom lab changed my life forever. I've been a photographer for close to 30 years, largely self taught. I worked as Graphic Designer, Public Relations Director and Photographer for 20 years at Maple Knoll Village, a large, nonprofit retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wanting to share my love of photography with others, I introduced photography programs at the facility to the older adults, children in the Montessori Child Center program and to people in the outlying community. To defray start-up costs for a photography lab and studio at the facility, I solicited famous photographers throughout the country to donate a print for a fine art photography auction, which raised over $15,000. To mark the organizations 150th anniversary, I created a 24 hour photo documentary shoot, showcasing a day in the life of Maple Knoll on the exact 150th anniversary date of its' founding. Other fun photography projects included an award winning "Personality Portraits" wall -- The Employee Hall of Honor -- a visual tribute to long-term employees, and The Centenarian Wall -- featuring classic black and white formal portraits of the 100 year old residents of the facility.
My very supportive husband Jerry and I retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2006. I continue my passion photographing in this magical land, as well as capturing wonderful moments and places on our travels around this beautiful planet. I volunteer as camp photographer for Camp Corazones, a summer camp for children infected/affected by HIV. I am blessed and truly grateful.
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio 1994
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
B&W Portfolio Contest Spotlight Award Winner, 2015, "Images from Turkey"
B&W Portfolio Contest Winners Special Issue 2014, Merit Award, "Images from Turkey"
eXel Magazine for Fine Art Photography, Premier Issue, 2014, "Dog in Alley, Venice"
B&W Single Image Contest Winners Special Issue 2014, "Abandoned"
B&W Single Image Contest Winners Special Issue 2013, "Skylight, Barcelona"
B&W+Color Single Image color Awards Annual 2012, "Magical Venice, "Swimming in the Grand Canal"
B&W+Color Single Image Awards Annual 2011, "Feet and Fish"
B&W Single Awards Annual 2011, "Hee Haw"
B&W Single Awards Annual 2005, "Old Man in Venice"
Book, "Visions of Santa Fe," "Miracle Staircase," "Visions," 2005
Photograph, "Contemporary Long-Term Care, " April/May 2005
Cover and supporting photographs, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), Spring and annual conference catalogs, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004
Cover and supporting photographs, "The AAHSA Story: Road to Quality for Generations," 2002
Cover and supporting photographs, "Secure Retirement Living," August, 2001
Book Cover, "Holiday Happenings," National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., 2001
Book Cover, "Designs Made Easy," National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., 2000
Book, "Cincinnati Crowning Glory," two double page spreads, 1996
Book, "Cincinnati City of Charm," supporting photographs, 1997
Brochure design and photographs, Camp Corazones. 2013, 2014.
CD photo covers, "Going Over Dams," "Desolate Sunrise," Michael Panzeca, singer, 2009, 2010
Banners, murals, life-size photographic cut-outs, videos, slides, AAHSA annual conferences, 2001 thru 2005. Photographic wallpaper mural, employee cafeteria, Maple Knoll Village Retirement Community, 2005.
Documentary video, "Mountain Shadow," featuring four Appalachian-born Cincinnati female artists. Produced by TV Image, Inc., shown on television and given to art libraries, college and university art departments, 1997.
EXHIBITS AND SHOWS
Santa Fe University of Art and Design, "Road to Nowhere: Southwest Sojourns," "The Curandero's House" and "Childhood Memories" 2014 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Matrix Gallery, "Image New Mexico 2014," national and international juried show, "Reflected Joy" Albuquerque, New Mexico
Texas Photographic Society: The International Competition, Second Place, "Generations" 2014. A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas
Matrix Gallery, "Image New Mexico 2013," national and international juried show, "Solitude" Albuquerque, New Mexico
Texas Photographic Society: The International Competition, juried show, "One Brown Eye, One Blue Eye" and "Woman and Big Fish" 2012
Incognito Gallery, "Image New Mexico 2011" juried show, two images, Jurors' Choice Award, "Best Seat in the House" Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Texas Photographic Society, "Childhood: An International Photo Exhibition," juried by Jamie Lee Curtis, "Hello, Baby Sister" 2009
Marquette Gallery, "Venice & Venus," one woman show, 2004, Cincinnati, Ohio
"The Spirit of Sanctuario de Chimayo" first place image, "Faith"
Maple Knoll Village, "Selections from Art Studios," 2003, Cincinnati, Ohio
Maple Knoll Village, "LifeWorks," 2003, Cincinnati, Ohio
Maple Knoll Village, "Genesis & Generations," 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio
Maple Knoll Village, "Home, Heart and Hearth, The Colors of Autumn," 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio
Lexington Art League, "The Nude," juried art show, cover photo, Merit Award, "Grace" 2000, Lexington, Ky.
Lexington Art League, "Masterpieces of Maturity," juried art show 2000, 2001,2002, Lexington, Ky.
Maple Knoll Village, Personal Show, 1998, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carnegie Art Institute, "Twixt Daylight and a Dream," photographic one room show, 1997, Covington, Ky.
Art Academy Alumni Show, juried art show, 1994, Cincinnati, Ohio
Art Academy Alumni Show, juried art show, Third Place, 1995, Cincinnati, Ohio
Images Center for Photography, juried art show, 1997, Cincinnati, Ohio
Images Center for Photography, personal exhibit and sale, 1996, Cincinnati, Ohio
Images Center for Photography, juried art show, 1996, Cincinnati, Ohio
Art on the Square, juried art show, Miles Wolfe Gallery, 1996, Cincinnati, Ohio
Art Academy Alumni Show, juried art show, Honorable Mention, 1996, Cincinnati, Ohio
Santa Fe Photography Club
Cincinnati Color Slide Show
Cincinnati Women's Club
Glendale Garden Club
Child Center, Maple Knoll Village
Creative Fun with Photography, Institute for Learning in Retirement, University of Cincinnati, 2000 thru 2005
Maple Knoll Village, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, New York
Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aging, Columbus, Ohio
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Washington, D.C.
Private collectors throughout the country.
I am represented by Demurez Cover Arts, (demurezcoverarts.com), an online agency based in Vienna, Austria, that specializes in art for covers and advertising.