I was born into an incredibly artistic family. I have been blessed to have inherited the art gene on my mom's side. I have pictures of many different kinds of art from multiple generations. I am so proud to carry that on...
I started painting by commission when I was eight years old. I used to sketch and paint on paper and canvas and then discovered another avenue by painting on apparel like hats, t-shirts, and jackets. This was a big hit for husbands with cars. I won many awards on local, state, and national levels.
In college, I took art for easy A's and was challenged by one of my professors to paint on something I hadn't before. That's when I painted on my first deer hide and fell in love with the texture. I no longer paint on canvas. Leather is by far superior. I also learned that high quality hand made velum was amazing to work with, although it sometimes scares me as there is no room for mistakes. I just have to remember an old teacher's words of advice, "There is no such thing as a mistake, just a change of plan."
In high school, we moved across town and it turned out our neighbor owned a year book company and took me under his wing. He had a studio set up in his garage of which he let me have full reign. He also taught me how to photograph people in natural light situations. My poor friends became my models constantly.
My aunt, Diane Donnelson, started my education in how to photograph horses. We used to make ads and posters from scratch before the digital world came about. It was take pictures as fast as we could then race down to the one hour photo to see if they turned out. On more than one occasion we'd do a whole shoot and forget film! This was back when ears absolutely had to be forward unless you want to paint them on physically. I later got to mentor with the late great Leroy Weathers among others.
I grew up from the get go around horses. I was born in Guam and traveled extensively around Asia with my parents. My first horse ride took place in the Phillipines...from there it was destiny...
I've been showing and raising Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, and Paint Horses ever since with my mom and sometimes, my sister. It's in the blood and I will probably always be involved in the equine industry in some way.
My love of horses and people have evolved into my passion for photographing that special bond between rider and horse. From national ad shots to glamour shots, every shoot is fun and sometimes adventure filled.
I'm not just a horse artist though, I enjoy painting and photographing a number of different subjects like weddings, boudoir, kids, cars, and themed shoots.
Contact me for more information about commissioned works and scheduling your next photography session...