I grew up wanting to be an artist, but all the aptitude testing I took as a kid indicated I should be an engineer. Such an odd combination, yet it’s just the right fit for a photographer. Photography is the perfect blending of the technical (apertures, shutter speeds, focal length and so on) with the creative aspects of composition, lighting & editing.
In spite of the aptitude tests recommending otherwise, I decided to study art in college and earned a bachelors degree in painting & drawing from Biola University. I also learned photography the old fashioned way ~ with film and dark rooms. I worked as a freelance photographer from 2003 until 2017, when we relocated from SoCal to Northern CA. Before I began working with private clients, I taught art, photography (with film), and darkroom developing skills to high school students.
These days I've still got one foot in the photography world working as an editor for an architectural photography firm. But relocating up north has provided me with what I've been wanting for so many years - a place to paint. I have a wonderful little studio on our property where I can escape to and paint to my hearts content.