OUR VIEW OF THE WORLD DEPENDS ON OUR LENS 

I write and shoot photographs because I believe art can be one the most important mediums for exchanging dialogue and creating change. I am a former social worker and am passionate about human rights issues, environmental conservation and the empowerment of women and marginalized communities. I believe in using my pen and camera as grassroots tools to both honor hope and fight oppression in a nonviolent manner.

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EXHIBITS, HONORS & AWARDS
Prague Foto Biennale & 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography Exhibit, 2018
International Photography Awards, 20 Honorable Mentions, 2017
10th Annual International Color Awards, 1 Honor of Distinction, 7 Honorable Mentions, 34 Nominee Honors, 2017
Monovisions Black and White Photography Awards, 8 Honorable Mentions, 2017
Fine Art Photography Awards, 5 Nominee Honors, 2017
Youmanity Everyday Heroine Award Shortlist, 2017
IPA One Shot: Climate Change Competition, 1 Honorable Mention, 2017
Flora & Fauna Exhibit, Arc Gallery San Francisco, 2017
Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women, Nature Winner, 2017
Valid Foto Barcelona Gallery Exhibit, 2017
PX3, Prix De La Photographie Paris, 2 (Series) Honorable Mentions, 2017
Pink Noise Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
October Electron International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
September Electron International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
June Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
March Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
January Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
Black and White Spider Awards, 3 Honorable Mentions, 7 Nominee Honors, 2017
Washington Conservation District Exhibit, 2017
Biennial Grant Shortlist, 2017
Neutral Density Photography Awards, 10 Honorable Mentions, 2017
Snap2Grid Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2017
International Photography Awards, 30 Honorable Mentions, 2016
Neutral Density Photography Awards, 15 Honorable Mentions, 2016
PX3, Prix De La Photographie Paris, First Place People's Choice Award, Gold Winner, 2016
Black and White Spider Awards, 1 Honorable Mention, 25 Nominee Honors, 2016
Berlin Foto Biennale & 4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, 2016
Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women, Sports Winner, 2016
Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All Exhibit, St. Mary's College Museum of Art CA, 2016 
36th Annual Spring Photographer's Forum Magazine Competition with Sigma, Finalist Award, 2016

Moscow International Foto Awards, 3 Honorable Mentions, 2016
Fine Art Photography Awards, 3 Nominee Honors, 2016
December Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
October Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
September Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
July Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
June Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
9th Annual International Color Awards, 1 Honor of Distinction, 4 Honorable Mentions, 18 Nominee Honors, 2016
RAW: An Exploration of the Unframed Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
January Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America Exhibit, Phoenix Gallery NYC, 2016
Snap2Grid Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2016
International Photographer of the Year Awards, 9 Honorable Mentions, 2015
Neutral Density Photography Awards, 18 Honorable Mentions, 2015
Black and White Spider Awards, 1 Honorable Mention, 15 Nominee Honors, 2015

December Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2015
Snap2Grid Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2015
International Photography Awards, 6 Second Place Honors, 18 Honorable Mentions, 2015
PX3, Prix De La Photographie Paris, First Place People's Choice Award, Bronze Winner & Honorable Mention, 2015
Fifth Annual Exposure Award Exhibit, Paris Louvre Museum, 2015
35th Annual Spring Photographer's Forum Magazine Competition with Sigma, Finalist Award, 2015
Best of Photography 2015, Serbin Communications, 2015

8th Annual International Color Awards, 2 Honorable Mentions, 11 Nominee Honors, 2015
30th Anniversary: It Starts With Hope, Center for Victims of Torture with Vice President Walter Mondale, 2015
Who's Afraid of Feminism Exhibit, Women's Caucus for Art/A.I.R. Gallery, 2015
Claiming the Sky Solo Exhibit, VocalPoint/Zenon Dance Co./Advocates for Human Rights, 2015
SCOPE Art Fair Miami Exhibit, 2014
International Photography Awards, Finalist for Discovery of the Year Award, 2014
International Photography Awards, Event Photographer of the Year Award, 2014
International Photography Awards, 5 First Place Honors, 30 Honorable Mentions, 2014
International Photography Awards, Annual Publication, 2014
Dark Exhibit, Juror's Choice Award, Arc Gallery San Francisco, 2014
Voices: An Artist's Perspective Exhibit, National Association of Women Artists/UniteWomen.org, 2014
Black & White Spider Awards, 3 Nominee Honors, 2014
34th Annual Spring Photographer's Forum Magazine Competition with Sigma, Finalist Award, 2014
Best of Photography 2014, Serbin Communications, 2014
See Me Takeover Exhibit with W Hotels, Times Square: NYC, 2014
Solo Exhibit, Dunn Brothers, 2014, 2015
7th Annual International Color Awards, 1 Honorable Mention, 11 Nominee Honors, 2014
Publication in The Journal, 2014
Slice of Life Solo Exhibit, Pizza Luce, 2014
Capture Minnesota III (Book), Mall of America Exhibit: Twin Cities Public Television/Barnes & Noble, 2014
Lucie Foundation, Emerging Photographer Shortlist Honor, 2014
February Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2014
January Electron Salon International Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2014
A Space of Hope (Arabic Film), Syrian Painter Fadia Afashe, Center for Victims of Torture, 2014
Snap2Grid Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 2013
SCOPE Art Fair Miami Exhibit, 2013
Black & White Spider Awards, 3 Nominee Honors, 2013
International Photography Awards, 24 Honorable Mentions, 2013
Boynton Health Service's Permanent Collection, Women's Clinic, University of Minnesota, 2013
State(s) of Mind: Exploring Emotional Health Solo Exhibit, University of Minnesota, 2013
Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women, Nominee Honor, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, 2013
Salon 300 Exhibit, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 2013
33rd Annual Spring Photographer's Forum Magazine Competition with Sigma, Finalist Award, 2013
Best of Photography 2013, Serbin Communications, 2013
Story of the Creative: International Exhibit, Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts/NYC See Me Gallery, 2013
Women's Rights: An Artist's Perspective, UniteWomen.org, 2013
6th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards, Nominee Honor, 2013
Publication in The Journal, 2013
The Advocates for Human Rights, 30th Anniversary Annual Report Cover Photo, 2012
Bound Exhibit, Women's Caucus for Art/Phoenix Gallery NYC/MoMA (Curator), 2012
META Exhibit, Gallery 263 Cambridge, 2012
International Photography Awards, 5 Honorable Mentions, 2012
Salon 300 Exhibit, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 2012
32nd Annual Spring Photographer's Forum Magazine Competition with Sigma, Finalist Award, 2012
Best of Photography 2012, Serbin Communications, 2012
Spring/Summer Exhibit, The American Juried Art Salon, 2012
The Portrait: Up Close and Personal Exhibit, Minneapolis Photo Center, 2012
Alligator Juniper's National Photography Competition, Finalist Award, 2012
Where in the World: People, Places & Events Exhibit, Minneapolis Photo Center, 2011
Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, 2011

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PRINTS

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LISTSERV

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INSPIRATION

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~ Jane Goodall

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." ~ Dorothy Thompson

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave (man) is not (he) who does not feel afraid, but (he) who conquers fear." ~ Nelson Mandela

"At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love....And I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.