I strive to positively affect the mental health of those who view my work by bringing a sense of calm, escape, and beauty to their space.
Our mental and physical health are linked. As our mental health improves, so can our phyiscal health. I desire to contribute to a person’s path to healing with my skills as an artist.
Here I am showing off in my ballet outfit. I started ballet when I was 4 and I ended up dancing for 24 years.
In my young teen years, my dad taught me photography. It was such a great hobby for me as a shy kid.
While in college, I started photographing dancers. It was a perfect fit for me.
I had the access, I spoke the dancer language, and I had built in trust among the women I was shooting, being a dancer myself. Plus I fell in love with chasing their fleeting emotion-filled movements with my lens.
As I continued my exploration of photography, I found the stage and studio to be too restricting. I wanted the dancers to jump and just stay there.
That's when I realized gravity was the problem!
Water was my solution.
As I tried out this new environment, I found that it not only opened up a new world of possibilities technically, I was drawn to it for the ability to story tell, create another world, and choreograph my dancer subjects to create underwater dances expressing my thoughts through their body language.
Talking is my least favorite form of communication and dance was how I felt I could more accurately express my feelings.
Through my 17 years of shooting underwater, it has also become a study of the power of body language, the power of our breath, and power of human connection without words.
SEE BEHIND THE SCENES
ART FAIRS (selection)
THE OTHER ART FAIR. Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
MISSION FEDERAL ARTWALK. San Diego, CA
BEVERLY HILLS ART SHOW. Beverly Hills, CA
PHOTO LA. LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA
JACKALOPE ART FAIR. Old Town Pasadena, CA
LA ART SHOW. LA Convention Center, CA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)
Camerawork Gallery, Portland, OR
Gallery 291, Mill Valley, CA
Hale Arts Space, Santa Monica, CA
Gallery 169, Santa Monica, CA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
Art Project Paia, Paia, Maui
Brick Lane Gallery, The Annexe, London, UK
Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Saatchi Art Offices, Santa Monica, CA
BG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Fathom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Left Space Studios, San Francisco, CA