As I get older I realize that life is all about filling the holes………. Doing the things you have not done, experiencing the events you have not yet lived and following the passions that still remain untouched. My first passion was science and it filled the first decade of my career. I then fell into an opportunity that allowed me to enter the world of design, including interiors, graphics, web work and now photography. I love every minute of it and try to include the element of play and wonder as much as possible. It is all just a giant experiment. Special thanks to my husband and daughters for their support and encouragement to “play” with photography.
The first time I saw an IR photo I was stunned by the beauty and intrigued and confused by the color scheme. Soon after a bit of research I had a camera converted by removing the IR filter and began to play and experiment – you will see many infrared images on my website. For example, the first glance at the image below of downtown Truckee looks like a winter scene because of the white foliage but in fact this was taken at high noon in the summer with a converted infrared camera. IR light bounces off live items and accounting for the white trees and additional interesting color schemes. Crazy interesting!
I began printing images on aluminum when I was designing interiors for community spaces because of the durability and ability to fasten the images directly to the wall in the public spaces. Since white does not print, anything that is white in the image becomes silver. It can be particularly beautiful with infrared images because of the white foliage and unique shading. I began incorporating these aluminum images into furniture (barn doors, dressers and cabinets) and items such as clocks and trivets and find the combination of the wood and metal to be stunning. ENJOY!
Encaustics is the ancient technique of painting with wax or applying it to a print. I have used this technique in two ways. Both methods start by printing or transferring my photographs onto mulberry or rice paper. The encaustic sheets are then dipped in an encaustic medium. With the second method I adhere the print onto a wooden panel and add color by using Indian spices that melt in to the wax and show through the paper.