I've been right where you are - caught up in the hectic pace of life today.
For years, I worked for a company where you were expected to put in 16-20 hours of overtime each week.
No time to stop and smell the flowers (watch out for bees!).
It's no wonder I felt a little grumpy and distracted all the time.
We all need to connect with the natural world, breathe a little and learn how to slow down.
My great-great grandfather was a photographer.
I didn't actually know that growing up, but here I am...rarely found without a camera in my hand (and thanks to Steve Jobs for making that easy in recent years).
Yes, the best camera IS the one you have with you, so my phone and iPad are good friends to me. I also use a Nikon, a Canon and a cool waterproof camera from Olympus.
For more than 25 years, I produced and installed graphics for large museum exhibits and visitor centers.
Selected projects I worked on included:
• Sackler Gallery Inaugural Installation, Washington DC
• Tennessee Aquarium (phase one), Chattanooga TN
• Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michaels, MD
• Think Tank, National Zoo, Washington DC
• US Pavilion at the World's Fairs in New Orleans & Knoxville
I don't really work quite this fast.
I take meticulous care with every piece of art I produce. The lessons I learned working in graphic production have stuck with me to this day.
Attention to detail and excellence of materials are very important to me and can be found in every artwork I create.
Hammered Dulcimer Player
I've been playing hammered dulcimer since 1988. With Ken Kolodner's help, I finished recording a CD in 2012.
Playing music relates directly to what I know about art and about living life without extra stress.
Really, it is the spaces between the notes that make the music.
The pauses in our busy schedules that make life easier.
Art helps create the space and time to connect with nature
and stop to breathe.