It is so weird to sit down and write a paragraph on yourself and try to be humble, funny, intelligent, yet still offer what people want to read. I don't know, I am me. I am an individual who is at times just like you and at other times off the track. I have always been an artist regardless of what I was doing to make money. I painted initially as I started my early college years at Otis/Parsons. I found that I just liked gear and electronics too much to stick with just paint. The sound of the shutter is very seductive. The grip has the same appeal as driving a convertible 'vette.
I ended up moving to NYC to graduate from Parson's School of Design. I was in a class of 8 students from around the globe who have all succeeded with their art. I was mentored by the great Lillian Bassman, Mary Ellen mark, and David Vestal. It was a special, creative, amazing, gritty, life expanding time to love/live in NYC in 1989.
I then traveled to Europe after graduation to experience the unplugged existence of backpacking and hostels. 34 countries in 3 months. I have some connections with people that I knew for a few days that have had a greater impact on me than peers I have worked with for years. I recommend all people in their 20s to travel, to experience, to feel,to love,to live.
Your teachers exist every day along your path. Learn to really listen.
I returned home to discover I had an epidermoid brain tumor lodged in my head. I was 28 and life really did a full 180 at this point. I lost a lot of confidence and battled with anxiety for years. I did make a full recovery from surgery.
At 51, I was diagnosed as a brca1 carrier. A crazy diagnosis that led to 4 surgeries of preventative double mastectomy and full hysterectomy/oopherectomy. I had to learn to accept this new woman. It knocked me down for a year without any breaks to photograph or create. If anything that was really hurt, it was my creative ego. I need that outlet and to be honest it really sucked to not be able to do what you love. But, I am almost healed and ready again. I am cancer free and was a lucky person to have been given this information before the odds of getting cancer won. So I now throw myself 100% more in to my work. Travel, shoot, edit, create, feel, explore.....One life and I want to experience it all.
I have an incredible family who support me and encourage me to follow my love. I am so lucky. I love what I do.
Graham and I at Maroon Bells, Colorado