After thirty-plus years in San Diego, my husband and I traded in palm trees, ocean sunsets and 75-degree weather for a house in the forest, lightning bugs and a slower pace of life when we moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2015 with our two kids.  I miss the deserts, diverse landscapes and warm winters of the West, but the South completely intrigues me. The people, architecture, foliage, and hot and balmy summers are slowly captivating my heart and are huge influences in my photography. 

My interest in photography began the first time I was in a dark room when I was 10 years old. Since then I have studied the work of amateur and professional photographers and eventually, with hours and hours of self-guided practice, have come to find my own style. Whether I am photographing landscapes, architecture or people, I enjoy playing with lighting and perspective. I can't say that there is any particular technique that takes the lead in my work. Instead I use intuition and the emotion at the moment the photo is taken to provoke a mood in the photograph. 

Hand-built Frames

In 2017 we enrolled my son in preschool and for the first time in over six years I had three-days-a-week with no kids at home. With my new free time I began making picture frames for my favorite prints. Having never worked with wood or seen a table saw used in person, it's easy to say that I started from scratch. After ripping my first board my hands were shaking and I was hooked. 

The first few months of making frames held a steep learning curve. Choosing which woods worked and looked best, figuring out rabbets and playing with different designs has organically evolved for me. Now, I typically use walnut and hard maple, and have recently began playing around with ash. I began making frames for 8x10 and 11x14 prints, but quickly felt comfortable exploring larger frame sizes and designs, especially in order to minimize wood scraps. Keep checking in as I hope to have a store selling prints and frames up and running soon! And I am always open to commissioning a custom frame and/or photography project!

Working on frames in my studio, AKA our car port.

Balancing working at home with my kids has been an interesting challenge. 

The first two frames I ever made. I used scrap poplar with a walnut stain.  

A frame from early on with a print from a trip to Chicago in 2007 and my reluctant assistant. 

I bought the cowboy print on the wall years ago for $20.  When I took it to Aaron Brothers they gave me a quote over $800 for a simple frame. I created this frame using wood scraps.

My daughter Violet glued together scrap wood to make this village. It is very important to me to waste as little wood as possible so I am constantly looking for ways to use the extras.

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