An Oregon Girl who decided it would be fun to move to London and be a writer/photographer.
I've been writing stories since I was about seven, of course then it was in my spiral teddy bear notebook in the back of my closet. Since those first ridiculous whodunit's or simple love stories, I've gown up loving creating worlds and people out of my imagination. Yes, it's cliche and a bit cheesy, but that's how I got to where I am.
I've been in love with television, film, and theater since those early days of hiding away in the dark corner of my room, so it's really no surprise that I have found my deepest passions for writing within those mediums, even if it took a while to realise it. Since coming to London to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts at Central School of Speech and Drama, I have come to the conclusion that female voices in the more sci-fi, fantasy, whimsical realm of T.V. and film are considerably lacking in the mainstream. This, coupled with my ever growing feminism, makes for one interesting combination to play with. My love of science (especially astronomy), history, and classic film add into my work.
Last year, I had two short plays performed during Central's New Writing Night's, which you can read about in the writing section of this website. I have also previously written three short films which I also directed, filmed, edited, and did voice overs for during my time as a summer camp counselor in Sunriver Oregon (the kids were the actors). If you'd like more information on those, please email me.
My 'mission' in my writing is that I want to take this otherwise ordinary life and give it to the extraordinary, whether that is through blasting off this planet or simply showing another side to the life on it we thought we knew. I write women. Women who are strong, who can be vulnerable, who can love so deep, and are repulsed by the mere concept of it. All women in this spectrum of women where, at the heart of them is those that we admire or at least are drawn to more than just being around for eye-candy. I write men who aren't just there to kill the bad guys, or come back a hero from war, I write men who are kind, who don't care if they don't get the girl, some of whom get the guy instead, and yes even those action hero's who may save the day at the last minute. Men who are fathers, brothers, scholars, and jocks. I aim to show people who are simply more than the sum of their parts. The variety of humanity for all it's good and all it's flaws. All of this, with a twist.
I got my first camera when I was eight. It was a turquoise plastic point-and-shoot that my grandparents bought me for my first trip to Washington State (it was very exciting for me). Since then I've been taking pictures of just about anything: mountains, fences, clumps of grass, the top of my dresser, really anything I could find. When I got to high school, I finally upgraded to an SLR and learned all the basics to photography, and I fell in love. While taking classes I also had access to the developing lab, where I learned how to develop my own black and white film (we were discouraged from using digital, it was still early in the millennium) as well as doing projects that pushed me to look at the world around me a bit differently from then on.
For a brief time I was employed by a big-box store's in-house portrait studio (they eventually went bankrupt and are no longer in business), and while there I learned some vital tools in portrait photography of groups, families, couples, children, and especially, babies.
My photography has evolved based on my interest in people like Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. Through my travels I have tried to capture both nature and architecture and the effects they have on one another.
I am constantly learning new techniques and new ways to use editing tools like Photoshop and Lightroom, but I still strive to get it as 'right' as I can in the camera and leave the computer for the small stuff.
Recently I have been shooting theatre performances and staged readings which you can see examples of under the Photography section of this website.
Overall, I love to work. I love art and making it. I hope you've gotten to know me and what I do. Please look around the site and if you have any questions, comments, or would just like to get in touch with me, please don't hesitate to contact me via the email button at the top of the page.