Photography is my life. The photography business is my livelihood. I opened Apertures Photo in May of 1990 after almost a year of planning. I have had a passion for photography from childhood using my first Kodak Brownie camera during my scouting years, then got hooked on a Nikonos, and found myself teaching underwater photography for a few years. I taught myself how to process slides, then put together a color darkroom in my basement and enjoyed producing R-prints. I developed my first b/w roll in 1978 and took a class at Philbrook to learn how to make fiber prints.
I attended many workshops over the years including Ansel Adams Workshop in Yosemite, and a National Geographic Workshop held in Colorado. I also attended OSU-Okmulgee where I studied Photography Technology including large format and alternative processes such as Platinum and Palladium printing.
I was awarded the Jingle Feldman Visual Artist Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, for a project I had been working on using Polaroid film and turning my image to art. With Polaroid Art, you are able to transform 35mm slides into personal creative statements. Photographs take on the delicate hues characteristic of watercolors. This grant allowed me to assemble my best photographs for a show entitled Oklahoma Porches," using 8x10 Polaroid film. My show was the first of its kind in Oklahoma and aired on OETA. Polaroid Corporation contacted me and asked me to become a Creative Consultant for them. I dedicated myself to teaching this process, traveling throughout Oklahoma to many schools.
I have taught many classes over the years to promote photography. I currently teach at Apertures School of Photography and Tulsa Community College. I enjoy teaching photography and still have a great passion for this craft. Classes I presently teach: Wedding, Art of Seeing, Architecture, Business, Urban Images, Art of Posing, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Digital. Private sessions available too.