I was raised in New Jersey with New York as my background. I grew up surrounded by photography. My grandfather was an avid and keen amateur photographer who inspired me. I started with my instant Polaroid camera when I was 12 – it was a little piece of magic to me at the time.
In my 20’s, I was trained as an actress, writer and filmmaker at the Esper Studio and the New School for Social Research, both in New York City. During this period, I always had a camera with me and really started sharpening my eye as a photographer. I moved to New York in 1994 to continue my career as an actress. However, I slowly found that I was falling in love with photography and started seriously studying the craft at the International Center for Photography in N.Y.C. trading in footlights for strobe lights. It started with black and white film – shooting, developing and printing; then color film and printing. When I received my first digital camera my passion began for digital photography and archival pigment ink jet printing. In 2012, I moved from New York City to San Diego where I am currently located.
Photography in my mind has evolved out of painting. A painter will select a cropped image of a scene with their eyes and begin to paint, I approach my images the same way -- for the most part cropping in camera. Many people mistake my photographs for paintings, which I love and secretly encourage.
I am inspired by my international travels and all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, painting and of course from all the amazing photographers from the past to the present.
In 2018, I opened my first working studio and boutique gallery in Solana Beach, CA on Cedros in the Design District. The gallery features my diverse photography with works in progress and finished pieces all which are printed on site. All of the photographs are archival, museum quality, pigment ink prints. In addition, I print on a variety of museum grade fine art papers and metals.
My photographs are in private and corporate collections. In 2017 the Andaz Hotel, in downtown San Diego, licensed two of my photographs to create a large mural in their primary event space.
I have served on the boards of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild and the Del Mar Art Center as both an artist and director.