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I have loved the outdoors since I was a small child, spending summer holidays scrambling in the Scottish Highlands and the Alps. As a little girl I began to collect and press wildflowers in and around Oxford, a passion that has continued throughout my life. In 1995 I started working as a geologist for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology. In 2001 I collaborated with photographer, Thomas Wiewandt on the Southwest Inside Out: An illustrated guide to the land and its history.
15 years ago I began to play with photographs of Lulu, a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. As images began to take shape I found myself drawn to the digital world and taught myself Photoshop, bought a tablet and began to work with images captured on my first digital camera. In 2004 I created my first pieces, Ocotillo Skull and Inca Headdress. I quickly realized I needed a macro camera and in 2005 bought a small Pentax camera that allowed me to take closeups of my favorite subjects; wildflowers, insects, snakes, lizards and landscapes of the desert southwest. I began to print and sell my art in art shows in and around Socorro until 2009. Life intervened and for the next 5 years my focus shifted to advocating for chronic pain patients in New Mexico. Upon the death of my husband I returned with renewed energy and joy to my art. In the intervening years I had continued to photograph the wildlfowers and wildlife of the southwest USA, which continue to be a treasure trove for my art.
In 2016 after 21 years at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology I retired as an emeritus geologist to focus on my art. During the summer months I continue to explore the desert seeking out the local lizards and snakes. For over twenty years I rescued and relocated rattlesnakes from around Socorro with my late husband, Bob. I photographed many of these snakes in a safe controlled environment in our living room. I often keep the snakes I come across or rescue in reptile terrariums for a week or two and always set the snakes free where I found them or in the cases of relocation well away from human habitation. In the summer and fall I like to head to the San Juan Mountains to go hiking, four wheeling and photograph the amazing alpine flowers that carpet the hillsides in July and August, and the aspens turning gold in the fall. All these images can be transformed into magical works of art.
Ochil Hills, Scotland, 2017
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