In the studio - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Fri and by appointment.
Hours subject to change. To ensure artist availability, please email.
My first experiences with photography began as a child when I was given my mother’s Kodak Brownie & my grandmother’s pinhole camera. Both of my parents were artists and I was very fortunate to grow up in an environment full of all the wonders of this “other world.” I carried a camera with me as an amateur everywhere most of my life without ever thinking of it as anything in itself, but rather as a notebook of sorts. I went through a very difficult period several years ago and began going on long walks, taking photos with a new passion, as I worked through stages of my grief. I had never shared much of any of my work, but began to post or share a photo here or there, mostly privately, or on Instagram where I knew hardly anyone I knew would see it. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support of other photographers and artists I received.
I was given the amazing opportunity to study under a few professional photographers and was asked to show my work at various venues. I realized, when it came down to it, that the things that got me up in the morning and really gave me a desire to live were: my kids, the people in my life whom I love and love me, and photography. This realization gave me new incentive to start studying photography as if my life depended on it, because I realized that, in fact, it did. I decided to go back to school for photography. I hope to dedicate the rest of my life to learning more & excelling more at this craft. I have a degree in English Literature and studied Religions at the university. I have worked as a pastry chef, went to culinary school, and have been a co-owner and creative developer at Ted & Wally’s ice cream for over 25 years. I have been a Russian translator for almost two decades for the National Library of Tatarstan. All of these things, among many other life experiences, are co-creators of my work.
I work as a professional photographer, mostly photographing people and events, but my focus is always on finding underlying beauty, something of that other world that resides in every moment. I am an, “emerging artist.” I hope to always be an, “emerging artist.” I am very grateful to be a part of the community at Hot Shops and surrounded by so much inspiration and creative passion.