I always remember having a camera, from high school onwards, to document special occasions. Just a pocket-sized model (before mobile phones) that took decent photos, was all I needed. Then I was bitten by the photography bug when my husband and I relocated to Shanghai, China for his job. A new friend there decided that we were going to take a 10 week DSLR photography course together, and I needed to buy a camera. I researched cameras online and made my choice, just a few days before the course began. Well, I was hooked. We took what we learned about basic photography each week and set out to practice every new skill while in our new exotic home. For the next 4 years she and I embarked on a fascinating journey with our cameras, driven to discover and appreciate as much as we could about China. After China it was India, and again I traveled all around the country and took images of the people, architecture and culture of an amazing place. Having lived in Asia for 9 years, we returned to the US and are now living in Rapid City, South Dakota. What keeps me busy besides photography, are gardening, singing, traveling and volunteering. My careers have been varied, changing when my husband would be transferred to a new state and I’d have to start over. Those included elementary music school teacher, laboratory technician, horse trainer, riding instructor and finally physician assistant in gastroenterology. What has changed for me now in the last year or so is, having taken occasional workshops over the years and experiencing various teachers, I found Anthony on the internet and was drawn to his image style. His views on recognizing creativity and approaching artistry while making images, has opened my eyes to a whole new realm, sparking a renewed desire to learn and practice more and more. I’m so grateful for that. It is through Anthony, and the interaction with this group of talented people, that I am inspired to meet my new creative challenges.