As I first started taking photographs of landscapes, I soon became interested in wildlife. Something was exhilarating about capturing a photograph of a wild animal at just the perfect moment. Of course, I am open to any other type of photography as I always love a challenge. But I always find I have a pull from deep within to get back to where the wild things are.
I was born and raised in Elmore City, Oklahoma, and have lived there all of my life. I spent 32 years working in local government, business, and medical fields. When the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic hit, we were scheduled to work shorter workweeks to have fewer people in our offices at the same time. Given that I worked in a medical facility, I had to keep my distance from most of my family for my mother's safety. My husband, who often works out of state, did not have his work slow down and was gone quite a bit, leaving me to feel lost and lonely in a strange new world. I started taking long walks and turning my television off to keep my sanity. Seeing how things were turning ugly on social media, I noticed that the world away from the media was still very beautiful. Soon I began taking pictures on my walks and hikes and sharing them daily on social media. Almost immediately, people started asking if they could purchase copies of my photographs, and soon my whole life begin to change.