I'm a photographer living (about half the year) in Portland, Oregon.
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Southern California when I was 5 years old. I took one photography class as a freshman high school and got someone else to develop my film for me because I was afraid I'd mess it up. When I was 22, I built my own darkroom in the garage of a house I was renting in Long Beach and decided to give the photography thing another go. I taught myself a bunch of stuff and hung at the local photography store asking tons of questions, but eventually took up painting instead.
In 1995 I moved from my downtown Los Angeles loft to Portland, Oregon to go back to school and in 1999 I finished a BFA in Painting and Drawing. After a short but fun and fairly successful foray into the painting and gallery scene in Portland, I eventually returned to photography and converted my painting studio into a photography studio. I really did love the smell of linseed oil and turpentine, but I missed working with people.
I shoot digitally and I do all my own retouching which makes the whole photography process feel a lot like painting to me. I travel as much as I can and spend about half the year traveling with my husband Kevin in either our Airstream trailer or our Nordic Tug 34' power boat. You can follow our travel blog here if you're interested: Riveted
Oh yeah, and my mom's horse was once in an Elvis movie.