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I was born (1937) in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Maryland suburbs. Painting, photography and rocks interested me from an early age. Even though I won a high school photography competition and took numerous art classes, rocks eventually won out.

My education in geology included degrees from the University of Michigan (BS), the University of Texas (MS) and the Johns Hopkins University leading to a faculty position at the George Washington University (PhD).

My interest in photography, while secondary, proved valuable in research, teaching and documenting family history.

It didn’t blossom though until I retired, moved to Chapel Hill and discovered the digital camera and Photoshop. This allowed me to blend art with photography. I’ve never been shy about digitally enhancing a photograph.

My goal is to create a piece of art that pleases the eye. The more it resembles a painting the happier I am.

My epiphany in taking art photographs came during the 2002 ice storm that transformed the Triangle into a glistening, if hazardous fairyland. It was good luck that I had just purchased my first digital camera. My favorite subjects other than anything coated with ice, include dragonflies, butterflies, birds, scenes from nature and Medieval European towns.

I generally avoid taking photos of people unless they’re my granddaughters, members of the UNC women’s soccer team or a cat named Slipurr.

Since becoming serious about melding art with photography I’ve had a number of one-man shows and participated in numerous group shows. I’m especially proud that my photographs hang in many homes throughout the country.

For the past two years I’ve been on the Chatham Studio Tour. My biggest thrill as a fledgling art photographer came when the well known artist, Jane Filer awarded Myrtle Beach II first prize in the 2008 Chatham Studio Tour Gallery Show. In November 2009 my photo “OPEN DOOR” won the “People’s Choice” Award in the Cary Photographic Artists show. This proves that it’s never too late to dive headlong into something you really enjoy.