Great art and great imaging inspire me, and creative arts have always been a part of my life. I find it amazing how much a photograph or fine art piece can change a mood—or create a mood—just by looking at it. I am drawn to images that move me or can transport me to another place and time. Envisioning what the artist had to do or had to endure to capture and create the perfect art piece is inspiring. I appreciate finely printed images that are hanging on walls wherever I go, and as a photographer, I get excited to see my work in print. My heart and passion really is professional imaging.
As long as I can remember, I’ve been my family’s designated photographer. As a kid, I was the one taking pictures on our vacations and creating family portraits. As a student, I excelled at anything related to art, while, to my parents’ frustration, I tended to neglect my academics. So, it was a no-brainer that in college I chose to study architecture and graphic design. After graduation, I stepped into a career in commercial printing, which exposed me to all manner of beautiful imagery and photography. But, it was the amazing wedding and portrait work that passed across my table that inspired me to get back behind the camera.
My first wedding job hooked me. I loved it. It was for my brother’s wedding. Don’t get me wrong; I was very nervous and the task of working with my family was certainly challenging. And then it rained. But, I discovered that my natural ability to direct people and perform under pressure was well-suited for this type of event photography. That first wedding went very well, despite the difficulties, and I spent the next ten years operating my own Denver-based company, In Light Photography. I learned to love inspiring an emotional response from my subjects and capturing those unforgettable moments in their lives.
It was during that time that I discovered Reed as a customer. I chose Reed to do all my print work because I couldn’t find any other print company that came close to the quality of work and customer service they provided. Their reputation was first class. That’s ultimately what brought me back to Reed when I heard they were looking for a Sales Manager. I want nothing more than for other artists and photographers to know about Reed. My more than 30 years of experience in the creative and graphic arts industries with a background in commercial printing, professional photography, sales, marketing and production qualifies me. My love for Reed and the amazing work we produce motivates me.
My twin sister Jeanie and I enjoy spending crazy fun times together. During all four beautiful seasons I enjoy traveling through Colorado’s majestic mountains.
I’ve always had a driving need to be surrounded by creative people. So, in 2016, when a position on the sales team became available at Reed, I knew it was the right place for me. I just had to be one of their “Artists Working for Artists”.
My entire career has run the artistic gamut, starting with a stint as my high school’s yearbook and newspaper editor. That stirred up my creative nature and started me on the path to becoming a designer and artist. Through the years, I studied at the Colorado Institute of Art and Design, designed interiors for a firm that built new homes, and even painted and sold purses at craft festivals. I once had a job digitally restoring vintage comic strips for new publications. One thing is for sure, though, I have always been drawn to creative jobs and workplaces. I have either been in the business of creating art or helping others create beautiful environments. Whenever I can, I like to return to school and take new art classes. I have dabbled in all types of artistic expression, including mural painting, digital design and illustration, furniture restoration, jewelry design, traditional painting, sculpture, and photography. I have ADD when it comes to art forms!
As much as I love art and design, there is room in my heart for two more things: my family and sports. My three grown children are also huge sports nuts. We’re all born-and-raised Colorado fans to the core. Go Broncos! Go Rockies! So, if we make it to the Super Bowl or the World Series, I’ll be playing hooky!