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I have been using art to cope with life’s challenges nearly all my life. At age nine, I lost my mother to breast cancer. Making art became my sanctuary, my escape from the pain. In my adult life I’ve come to use creativity to cope with things I never imagined I would have to at such a young age. In my mid-twenties, I lost my father to heart and lung disease. Parentless at 26, I took up photography as an escape. I found that when I was behind the camera I went to a whole other place… able to focus on the present moment and on finding the beauty right in front of me. It was meditative and created a sanctuary again for me – just like other art forms did for me as a child.

Then, in the summer of 2012, my fiancé was killed very suddenly in a helicopter crash while working as a contract pilot. I was three months shy of my 30th birthday and my whole future vanished with one phone call…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 22
  • Joined June 26, 2011

Favorite materials

camera, acrylic paint, vintage jewelry materials, natural stone beads, feathers and other objects from nature

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I have been using art to cope with life’s challenges nearly all my life. At age nine, I lost my mother to breast cancer. Making art became my sanctuary, my escape from the pain. In my adult life I’ve come to use creativity to cope with things I never imagined I would have to at such a young age. In my mid-twenties, I lost my father to heart and lung disease. Parentless at 26, I took up photography as an escape. I found that when I was behind the camera I went to a whole other place… able to focus on the present moment and on finding the beauty right in front of me. It was meditative and created a sanctuary again for me – just like other art forms did for me as a child.

Then, in the summer of 2012, my fiancé was killed very suddenly in a helicopter crash while working as a contract pilot. I was three months shy of my 30th birthday and my whole future vanished with one phone call. His death changed everything about my life. I quit my job in the design industry, moved in with family, and began writing and making art because it was the only way I knew how to breathe, speak, or feel it all. Photography has continued to be an integral part of that and something that still connects me to him He actually bought me the camera that I began with and still shoot with today, was my photo assistant for everything I did, and seemed to know I was born to do this – well before I knew so! Photography helps me find my peace, and also helps me to express parts of my story and emotions in ways that cannot be said with words.

My goal in sharing my work is to help others who are going through their own darkness to feel less alone. To help them feel a sense of peace and comfort, and to perhaps inspire them to ask the question, “what can I create from my pain that can help me heal and help to comfort others?” I believe we all have that power.

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