"My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport." - Steve McCurry -
From a young age, I have always loved to look at a photograph. There is just something so captivating about freezing a moment in time. I love finding old photographs in antique shops and wonder about the stories of the people they hold within their four corners. Yes, I have given many of those images new homes. I can't bear to leave some of those people in a shop.
I grew up on a farm in West Texas milking cows, hauling hay, picking okra and snapping beans. I was sandwiched right in the middle of them all. I often feel like I belonged more to the Depression Era than the Star Wars Generation. We didn't grow up with much but I learned to appreciate kindness and hard work. I became an expert "watcher of the world" learning quickly how to read people and also how to start a conversation with just about anyone.
Photography started for me is a way to hold on and record the history of my children's lives and a way to be involved as I watched my husband coach high school baseball over the last 18 years. I began to really love being behind the lens - once again where I could sit back and just be a watcher of the world. In the last few years I have become interested in every aspect of photography and pushed myself great lengths to grow my craft. I know this will be a lifelong journey of learning.
My husband and I have five grown children and a blossoming group of grand darlings. I have two horses that have added more to my life than I could ever imagine!