I have a deep fascination with the journey that manifests the image. The fixing of life, through light, to a medium.
“Love conquers all” wrote the poet Virgil more than two millennia ago. Three simple words that have shaped my reality. Art has that power. To transcend time and space and connect with a being far removed from its creator. Being a photographer is a way of distinguishing and interpreting our reality. Distilling an endless series of moments into an expression of truth, into an image that speaks to someone. In my art the creative atmosphere is the same, the desire to translate this tenuous existence into still frames, to stop time for a moment and look at this life, at this dream we love so deeply.
Born in Venice Beach, Ca and raised between Los Angeles and the wilderness surrounding the Ojai Valley, my creations are a marriage of the urban experience and the insights afforded by the natural world.
I dropped out of high-school after my sophomore year. I was completely fed up on every possible level. A year later I enrolled at Ventura College. I had been a musician my entire childhood and did not want to participate in more formal training so I chose to focus on writing and art instead. On a whim I decided to take a class in photography and learned to capture, develop and print black and white film.
At twenty-two I was offered the management position for a journalistic wedding and portrait photography studio with photo lab and custom darkroom in Ojai, Ca. I left school to take the full-time job and after managing and shooting for two years, I began working independently.
I photographed for over a decade throughout Southern California as a portrait, event and fine art photographer. In 2004 I began experiments in digital photography, switching entirely in 2006 for my commercial work. In 2012, I closed my studio due to chronic pain and illness. Currently residing in Northern California, I continue to practice fine art and film photography, my work covers many subjects including landscape, portrait, nude, mixed media and documentary and am working on my first book.
April 19, 1977
Santa Rosa College, Ca. 2016 : Music Theory/Musicianship
Ventura College, Ca. 1994-1998, 2006 : Art, Photography, Writing, Ceramic Design
2009 “Freedom” Firebird Plaza, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Valley of the Moon Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Ojai Art Center, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Liberation” Secret Location, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Flowers Within” Upstairs Ghost Gallery, Ventura, Ca
2005 “Cow and the Moon: A Traveler’s Photographs” Ojai City Hall Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2002 “Salina’s Photography” Daniel’s Bistro, Ojai, Ca
2013 Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, Ca
2010 “Autumn Lights” Pershing Square, Los Angeles, Ca
2010 “Group SC 2009: An Intimate View of Southern California” MOPLA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 MINARC Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 FADA LA Art Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, Ca
Ojai Valley News
Ventura County Star
2005 Ojai Day Poster
2007, 2008, 2010 Ojai Calendars
Cordially Invited, Inc.
I.D.O. Events, Inc.
Happy Valley School
Ojai Playwrights Conference
Ojai Film Society
Noisy Donut Shop
Freed From Rage and Sorrow:
Reflections of Emptiness in the American West
I’ve traveled the back roads and captured the moments that speak. The landscapes have their own story. Buried in the lines and cracks, trickling down the waterways and through the skies. The story of time and subtle energies and the nature of being.
Photographed in various black and white films, this personal journey documents my experiences and observations searching for truth and discovering beauty in the haunting landscape of the American West.
The story began in 2004 when my husband and I purchased a 1986 Vokswagen Vanagon and started traveling the country after leaving an abusive situation in Hollywood, Ca. Essentially homeless, we traveled the back roads, living and camping where ever we could. Never staying in official campgrounds, we met a whole other United States, one that was just emerging at the turn of the new Millennium but is becoming quite well known today.
We stayed at rest stops some times, cooking dinner for ourselves and sharing with other travelers and picking up various hitchhikers, sharing food and sometimes money with them as well, listening to their stories and becoming more and more assured that our search for the American Dream was quite doomed.
Now more than a decade later, I am turning these images and experiences into a book. Steeped in the depth of human experience and history, these images are a reflection of my internal journey; coming to the realization of the truth of my own past and the catalyst for the recovery of memories buried deep within and almost entirely lost under the cover of severe trauma. Relating patterns, unfolding perceptions, traveling this naked reality in pursuit of understanding.