The first photograph I ever developed, circa 1999.

I grew up in southern California, where I briefly entertained the notion that I'd like to be a clinical psychologist. That all changed once I developed my first photograph during high school. I was hooked and was almost never without my camera from then on. I dreamed of going to art school in San Francisco, but on a whim I applied for a one-year Foundation Course at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and was accepted. I took a leap of faith and traveled across the world to a place I'd never visited to begin my study of art. After completing my foundation year where I learned about oil painting, life drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography, I went on to earn my BA (Hons) Photography degree from Camberwell College of Arts, part of the University of the Arts, London, and one of Europe's largest arts universities.

During my time abroad I was fortunate enough to travel throughout England and other parts of Europe, which instilled in me a deep appreciation of the similarities and differences in other cultures to my own.

My photography centers on the landscape and celebrates the quiet moments of life. Travel plays an important role in the way I work, as it directs my thoughts and attentions to the details of my surroundings, both physically and mentally. I am never more refreshed or inspired than when I am in the midst of some kind of journey.

Photography has also played a role in my interest in jewelry-making. A love of vintage portraiture found an outlet in my handmade jewelry, which culminated in a series of photo necklaces, earrings and more. My jewelry explores ideas of identity and family heritage, often questioning who my subjects were and how they lived. The answers were anywhere from factual to fantastical. I believe that it's human nature to want to know where we come from, to grasp at the historical facts and the stuff of family legend to understand who we are and find reasons for our individual personality traits.

Most recently I have turned my creativity to the art of printmaking. Once again, photography plays a key role in my process. All prints result from my personal photographs. I see printmaking in photographic terms, reversing blacks and whites in my mind to create a negative I can carve into a linoleum or rubber block. I have always felt a lacking to my drawings as they were never the true representation I wanted them to be, but printmaking allows me to loosen up to a more stylized approach at image-making. My subjects are often landscapes from my travels. I find myself craving wide open spaces, and printmaking is a way to create that sense of boundless freedom.   

Today I live and work in Orange County, California.

EDUCATION:

Certificate of Fine Art Foundation Studies Byam Shaw School of Art, London, May 2002
BA (Hons) Photography Camberwell College of Arts, London, July 2005

EXHIBITION HISTORY:

2015
Jackalope Art Fair, juried art festival, shown as "Sweetpea Studios," Pasadena, California
Patchwork Festival, juried art festival, shown as "Sweetpea Studios," Long Beach, California

2014
Patchwork Festival, juried art festival, shown as "Sweetpea Studios," Santa Ana, California
Patchwork Festival, juried art festival, shown as "Sweetpea Studios," Long Beach, California 

2013
Viewpoints: Orange County All Media, group exhibition, Chemers Gallery, California 

2012
Scenes of Tustin, group exhibition, Chemers Gallery, California 

2010
Speaking of Solitude, group exhibition, Marin County MOCA, California
The Beat Goes On Photography Division, group exhibition, Orange County Fairgrounds, California
Live & Play in Tustin, group exhibition, Chemers Gallery, California

2009
Orange Open 2009, group exhibition, The Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, California
OC Super Fair Photography Division, group exhibition, Orange County Fairgrounds, California
City of Trees, group exhibition, Chemers Gallery, California

2008
Buy the Running Foot, group exhibition, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, California
Say Cheese Photography Division, group exhibition, Orange County Fairgrounds, California
Water: A California Story, flickr.com group exhibition, San Diego Museum of Natural History, California
Scenes of Tustin, group exhibition, Chemers Gallery, California

2007
Semaphore, group exhibition, Chalmer's Bequest Gallery, London
FootLong, juried group exhibition, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico
Spring Jewelry Show, group exhibition, Shown as "Sweetpea Studios," Schroeder Studio Gallery, California

2006
Semaphore, group exhibition, Chalmer's Bequest Gallery, London

2005
Second Sight, group exhibition, Camberwell College of Arts, London
Summer Salon, group exhibition, Hackney Museum, London

2004
Across the Pond, solo exhibition, The Ugly Mug Cafe, California
Untitled, solo exhibition, Adiana's Salon, California
Inside Out, group exhibition, Jerk Rock, London

2002
Love in a Blue Time, group exhibition, Byam Shaw School of Art, London
Fine Art Foundation Show, group exhibition, Byam Shaw School of Art, London

AWARDS AND PRIZES:

2013
Honorable Mention, Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 

2010
Second Place for Color Non-Traditional Special Effects, Orange County Fair

2009
First Place for Color Miscellaneous Photography, Orange County Fair

2008
First Place for Non-Traditional Prints, Orange County Fair Purchase Prize, Orange County Fair

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS:

Orange County Register www.ocregister.com/articles/book-won-paper-2254209-including-books
Schmap Bath Fifth Edition www.schmap.com/bath/sights_historic/p=128005/i=128005_8.jpg
Schmap England Second Edition www.schmap.com/england/events/p=317612/i=317612_6.jpg www.schmap.com/england/historic/p=128005/i=128005.jpg

COLLECTIONS:

Jacqueline Moreau, private collection
Orange County Fair, permanent collection