I am in love with the process of creating imagery- through language, visuals & movement.
One of my first loves was photography. Though I am not a “schooled” photographer by any means, I did learn how to wrangle a camera in high school & spent hours in the darkroom developing film & prints, & also took every single art course offered.
One day before graduating, I mentioned to my teacher that I dreamed of becoming a National Geographic photographer.
“You & everyone else,” he flatly replied, & then went on with his “logic” on how saturated the market was & how few actually ever made it.
Impressionable & sensitive, I was crushed. It didn’t help that the cost of materials in college later was yet another impediment. Further devastation, & feelings of shame around my family’s finances. I went on to “almost” get my double degree in both English & Studio Arts, one art history class away from making it happen.
But dream crushers and circumstances can’t kill the artist’s spirit. There are ways around things, and other forms to explore.
Instead, I learned to capture images in my head & use them to form stories with words. I went on to study with some of the greatest of contemporary poets: Charles Simic, Mkeel McBride, Donald Hall, Sharon Olds, Phil Levine, Galway Kinnel, Marie Howe, Jean Valentine. Witnessing their passion for poetry helped me understand my own poet’s heart & that- above all else- it was THE FEELING I wanted to capture. The form- be it poetry, photography, or performance- is (a necessary) second.
With the digital age changing everything, imagery made its way back onto my horizon. Not only has it bolstered my career as a freelance writer, it has opened up my poet’s heart for more joy, play & creativity.
Most of my more successful images are pure happy accidents. But no matter: In the moment they were taken, I can guarantee I was in that heightened sense of flow that likely helped it along.
It’s that very energy that will bring me to my original dream of collecting (more) imagery beyond borders & presenting them in meaningful, creative & educational ways, which lately have crossed back into the realm of the tactile- combining images with layers of paint, paper, stamped language & image transfers.
Whatever form it takes, I will always be making images.
Boy on stilts, Cuba.
After swimming, Cuba.
Schoolgirl on “bus,” Cuba.
Vessel, Key West.
Dancers, Key West.
Senorita, jump a little higher.
I may be crazy.