Meet the Photographer
I am a BFA and MA graduate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I received my BFA in Art Education in May 2021 and my MA in Photography in May 2023. I have loved the art of photography since I was very young. I appreciate it for its technical nature and ability to capture the lighted world around us almost as we perceive it. Photography has nonetheless been through many stages, but the digital and photo editing capabilities and the availability of the camera lens to most of us are more well-known compared to when I studied photography for the first time in 2003. I was 23 and determined to follow my dream of one day being a photographer. I apprenticed for a well-known photographer that year and still studied photography at a local community college. I still look back on that experience today and remember his passion for the creation of just one photograph. When I returned to school in 2015 for my AAT in Studio Art, I began studying digital photography. When I was introduced to the cyanotype process in my studies at AAU in the past few years, I began to love its ease of developing the analog photograph again. I continued my studies to love the art of printing images. Developing knowledge of the digital process allowed me to have more control over the outcome of my projects, as projects changed, and clients wanted a specific print. I focus on fine art photography with a love for composites, portraiture, and abstractions. My portraiture is usually for those that are seeking to celebrate their recovery and their own recovery process. Many types of recovery, like drug and alcohol recovery, are an important part of life that deserves to be captured. My fine art photography includes composites, editing, and digital painting. My abstractions also concentrate on tools of recovery and the recovery process, zeroing in on specific topics and explorations of my own research. I always welcome those who wish to contribute to this research. Visit my contact page to send me a message, inquire about prices and see how you can collaborate on a project.
What Clients Are Saying
“I don't worry you always do a good job.”
Artist Biography In my youth I was tortured by way of starvation, neglect, and an abusive parent. No one seemed to notice what was really going on. I dreamed of owning a camera one day and even teaching art. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age eight by the school. I took the letter home, and my mom took one look at it and threw it in away. With the help of some people from a church I got into college but came back home after the first year. I had gotten into drugs and alcohol and prayed that I could stay away from it. I took various jobs, depending on where I was living, sometimes with family, sometimes with friends. I went to school when I had a job, which was off and on. I did my best to make my life seem professional and act accordingly. I was terrified on the inside confused on how to make it. Unfortunately, I was a very quiet person, which made things harder as I look back. I am currently a student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I will be finishing my MA in Photography in May 2023. I have loved the art of photography since I was very young. I appreciate it for its technical nature and ability to capture the lighted world around us almost as we perceive it. Photography has been through many stages. Digital and photo editing capabilities, the availability of the digital camera to most of us is alien compared to when I studied photography for the first time in 2003. I was 23 when I received my first camera from my father, whom I had just started to get to know. He told me stories of when he was a photographer. Even though I knew I had had a tough road already and a tough one ahead, I became even more determined to follow a dream of one day being a photographer. I apprenticed for a well-known photographer that year and took my first photography course at a local community college. I still look back on these experiences today and remember what an influence this time in my life was. I went through my first complete recovery program at age 27, after being homeless for 3 years. I found many things in recovery, but the most important thing was the will to continue. I worked hard on myself, for me and for my newborn daughter, Ena. I became stronger and continued my associate degree in Studio Art. When I returned to school in 2009-2016 for my AAT in Studio Art. I began studying digital photography in 2015 and found what I didn’t know about Photoshop self-taught to be amazing. I applied at The Academy of Art University, feeling ready to go back to a university. I finished my BFA in Art Education, being a first-generation college graduate. I decided to keep going for my masters and had made up my mind that I wanted to continue to study photography. I have been through many things in my life and find it amazing that it is hard to look back and remember any of them when you are blessed with a loving daughter and husband, stepchildren, and the dreams of the future ahead.
CV Education Associates in Studio Art - College of the Sequoias (graduation 2019) Bachelor’s in art education - The Academy of Art University (graduation May 2021) Experience: Rod Goodman Photography/Apprentice Photography April 2004–September 2004 Photography; Study, Headshots, Darkroom Developing, Prints Awards/Recognition Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program Certificate 2008, 2012, Anger Management Certificate 2008, Parenting Class 2009, Co-Parenting Class 2011, Volunteer Work- Mothering Heights (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program for mothers) 2009, Porterville Child Development Center (over 60 hrs.) 2012-13; Highland Elementary- Volunteer/Fieldwork Scholarships Ron Schofner Photography Scholarship (2017) Porterville College Porterville College Recognized Transfer Student Award. Academy of Art University Summer 2017, Summer Grant Program Award Scholarship AAU Summer 2017, Marie Easterbrook Endowed Art Scholarship Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Shows and Art Galleries: Brandon Mitchell Gallery Visalia, CA 2022 -Works Shown were from the “Sidewalk Art” Series; 2022 -Staff Art Show from the Visalia Arts Consortium – “The Mind of Author Tium” Arts Visalia 2022-2023 Arts Visalia 2022 Show: “Art in the Valley”, a community art show; Work: 1 of 4 “Sidewalk Art” Upcoming Show!... Arts Visalia – September 2023 “Part I: A Safe Place and Part II: Protecting Serenity