I was born in Billings, Montana in 1952 and raised in Laurel, and Missoula, Montana. I lived in various places through out the western U.S., Alaska, and Mexico, before returning to Missoula in 1976, to study at the University of Montana. I studied fine arts for two years, before changing my major to physical therapy. After receiving my degree, I moved to Great Falls, Montana to raise my two boys and work. I had a private PT practice for 19 years and sold my practice in 2003 to pursue my first love of the visual arts. I purchased my first digital camera in 2000, and used it primarily to take travel photographs and photograph landscapes and still lifes for painting reference material. I began to photograph dancers underwater in 2005, and have been utterly captured by that environment ever since.

My work is about beauty, reflections, harmony, the magic of collaboration, and about relationships. Especially the relationship we have with our bodies within our environment. The shapes that bodies take in the watery environment fascinate me. I go underwater with my models and have no special equipment, other than an Aquatec housing, and my Canon cameras. Pools seem to appear whenever they're needed as do the models. Since dancers have special abilities to express themselves with their bodies, I primarily use them as my subjects, and I am called to do their art justice with my own.


I have been using Photoshop to photomontage (combine elements) since 2005, and have learned the bulk of what I currently use to manipulate the image from John Arnold, who has free online Photoshop tutorials here. I learned the importance of file organization, and a more nuanced and poetic artform from John Paul Caponigro, whose website is a treasure trove of free material. Sign up for his Insights emails. In 2009, I was invited by John Paul to be part of an esteemed group of fellow photographer/artists, the Next Steppers, who have encouraged and stimulated my artistic and personal growth since.

I have been heavily influenced by Eastern mysticism. At the age of 17, I ran away from home to live in a yoga ashram - The Integral Yoga Institute - or IYI, in Berkeley California. Sri Swami Satchidananda, the first wise and holy man I had ever been in the same room with, inoculated in me a process of awareness that continues to grow within me. During my subsequent and ongoing journeys through the different realms of spirituality, marriage, motherhood, business and art, I continue to be drawn to a more holistic and integrated world view. My images have psychological and spiritual elements that reflect my fascination with studying transpersonal psychology, Eastern and Western philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, the nature of consciousness and the quantum theories of Ervin Laszlo and David Bohm. I am indebted to Ken Wilber for his elucidation and synthesis of the various world spiritual traditions, and for his AQAL system.

I am drawn to Persian poetry and have collaborated with Daniel Ladnisky, to use his translations of Hafiz's poetry for a book, "Swimming in the Ocean of Becoming," that is available for purchase here

The contemporary photographer who has influenced the soul of my work (although he doesn't do photomontage) is Gregory Colbert, and the photographer who has most influenced the soul and technique of my work is Jerry Uelsmann

My deepest gratitude goes to my biggest fan, my husband Jeff, who has been my life partner since 1984, and who has tirelessly supported the unfolding of my vision. I am blessed with two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law, and four exceptionally beautiful grandchildren, who have all gotten used to having a camera frequently pointed at them.