I have been a Connecticut-based photographer for over twenty years. My work focuses on place and connection through abstraction and detail, and creating a sense of being within a space and moment in time.
Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, I have lived and worked mostly in the Northeast, while making annual sojourns to middle Tennessee, where long summers over many years and a large, extended Southern family kindled and nurtured a deep love of stories and place. One long-term project arising out of these journeys involves photographing a small, Tennessee mountain town over 21 years -- its people, landscapes, and annual celebrations. Another project explores cotton farming and landscape in rural Georgia where my father lives.
In other projects, I explore wetlands and tidal zones on the east and west coasts, and glaciers and geothermal fields in Iceland and Alaska, where changes in climate shift the delicate balance of ecosystems and threaten the continuity of critical natural resources.
My latest project involves a collaboration with my maternal grandmother using a diary she kept from1930-1933. My grandmother started the diary after marrying and moving from Nashville to Jacksonville, Florida. In it, she explores her thoughts on navigating a new life in a new place at a time of economic uncertainty, starting a family, and losing her best friend to sudden illness. During the global pandemic, I found parallels between my own new reality and sense of uncertainty, and the depression-era climate my grandmother faced in 1930. As the country shut down in March, 2020, I began taking long, daily, solitary walks to make images and bring visual expression to my grandmother's words from a century ago. I am currently creating an artist's book from these images and diary excerpts.
Highlights ~ Projects and Exhibits
Women in Black: The Changing Face of the Connecticut Judiciary, exhibits in 2007 and 2018 at the Hartford State Capitol. Sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Foundation, this two-part series features a total of 118 portraits of the women judges of Connecticut. The portraits are now on permanent display at the University of Connecticut Law School (Starr Reading Room) and Quinnipiac University Law School.
Images 2020, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, Connecticut. First Honors. Jurors: Sean Kernan, Jessica Roscio, and Ron Rosenstock.
SHOTS Magazine, The Quarterly Journal of Black & White Photography, No. 145, Fall 2019 : THE JOURNEY, End of the Line, Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, pages 20-21.
Prizewinners' Exhibit (two-person show), 2009, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven. One of two grand-prize winners of the national juried competition for all media (Jacqueline Serwer, Chief Curator, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., juror), Close to Home, at Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven.
Solo exhibits: Atticus Books, New Haven, Connecticut (2017), the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, New Haven, Connecticut (2011), the Orange Public Library, Orange, Connecticut (2008), and the Loudoun County Library, Leesburg, Virginia (2006).
Awards in juried exhibits: Images 2021, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, Connecticut (People's Choice Award); Images 2020, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, Connecticut (First Honors); Images 2019, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, Connecticut (Honorable Mention); Close to Home (Grand-Prize Winner), 2005, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven; Photography 2004, ArtSpace, Hartford (Honorable Mention); Photography 2002, Artworks Gallery, Hartford (Juror's Award); Photography 2001, Gallery on the Green, Canton, Connecticut (Second Place).
UPAA Awards: Numerous monthly and annual awards from the University Photographers' Association of America.
Little League, Big Dreams (Sourcebooks, Inc. 2006): More than 100 photographs (color and black and white) appeared in the book by Charles Euchner, a study of the Little League World Series and the changing dynamic of youth sports in America.
Education: Vassar College (B.A. in history/Victorian Studies); William and Mary Law School (J.D.); various workshops at the International Center for Photography with Andrea Modica, Bobbi Lane, and Andrew French; and independent study in photography at the University of Hartford College of Art with Ellen Carey.