Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Although I was given my first camera at the age of 6, it was not until just 2 years ago that I became serious. I have always looked at nature and old buildings and felt some sort of odd connection. When I began seeing them through the lens, it opened up a whole new world. Combining my photography with my digital design background allowed me to create what I saw in my minds eye with the photograph that I captured.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Considering the fact that my camera is stuck to my face 90% of the time, I would definitely have to say taking pictures. I am always on the lookout for something new and interesting to shoot whether it be a run down barn, an old abandoned building, alleyways, or still life. I have become a terrible driver since I started "looking" all over the place.
My biggest challenge is probably seeing what others see. When someone compliments my work, I still blush. It is hard for me to see what they see, to accept their compliments. I have had people tell me, "Yeah I can say I knew her when." But for me, it is just an honor to be doing what I love. I am just taking each day as it comes and enjoying the ride.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
It would probably have to be Tree of Life. This was one of the first pieces I had printed and it has been my best seller to date. It gives me a feeling of peace and tranquility.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I grew up in a very small town on the border of Mexico & Texas. All I knew was that I wanted to get out of there and explore the world. I grew up loving music and writing poetry as well as performing in theater. I always thought I would go to New York and follow in Madonna's footsteps or go to Hollywood and become the next Lucille Ball. All of the "placement tests" said I should do something related to the arts. I always wondered where that would lead me. Little did I know then...
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There are so many artists on Etsy & some that I have met on Flickr whose work I am just in awe of. I would have to say that my biggest inspiration comes from
Lars Van De Goor
and of course Mother Nature herself inspires me daily.
What does your future hold?
My future? I am taking it one step at a time right now. I am working on a book of poetry and images. And at the top of my list for the upcoming year is seeking licensing for my images. All I know is that I am in a happy place right now and am looking forward to seeing what's around the bend.
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