When I first picked up a camera I had no idea where the journey would lead me! I am a very visual person – always looking for the next thing that will inspire me. I am driven to create things. Over the years this drive has manifested itself in painting, drawing, sewing, making jewelry, metal smithing, and now photography. In the year 2000 I became obsessed with making Poloriod transfers in my Daylab… that was very cool. You used slides to begin, then processed them on peel apart Poloroid film, then used the emulsion to create photographic art. I’d say that was the beginning of my journey to create art with my photography.
I picked up my first DLSR camera in 2009 and went out every weekend shooting with local photography clubs. I find that it is harder to make wonderful life long friends the older you get – it seems like life just gets in the way. Photography has introduced me to some great friends I would not have met otherwise. In 2011 I embarked on an ambitious project – the 365 day project and I do not exaggerate when I tell you that this project changed my life. Seriously – I would not be where I am today had it not been for doing that project. You plug along – taking so/so photos – trying to learn something everyday, practicing, getting into ruts and getting frustrated. Somewhere around the 6 month mark something changed in my photography – it kicked up a notch and started looking more professional. Sometime during that process I started working with textures also.
In 2012 I got inspired to do more with my photography and created 2 Lil’ Owls Studio. Starting a new business by yourself is hard, but I was determined to overcome all the obstacles and get it up and going. This venture has become so much more than I ever imagined. It is the perfect outlet for all the designs and ideas swirling around in my head. It allows me to share the knowledge I have with others. It keeps me inspired to create new things everyday. Art is a Journey..