a little about me

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Back in Indiana I was known as Mandy...a tomboy with dirty knees.  I'm a Hoosier, Hautian, New Mexican, New Yorker, Washingtonian, veteran and gluten free not by choice. I'm a minimalist, think the spicier the better, believe in recycle/reuse/rescue and working on my third bucket list. My primary goal is to achieve perfect happiness, pay it forward and capture all the beautiful things in between. My homes away from home are Bay Ridge Brooklyn, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Town Alexandria and the high deserts of New Mexico. I just moved to the east coast to continue my professional career serving our veterans. 

For the past decade I have advanced into a organic, candid and cinematic style. My passion and direction as a photographer is to help promote small businesses and keeping music and art alive in our community. The majority of my portfolio is promotional purposes for communities such as Indy Metro, Holy Cross, The Pour House, Irvington Historical District and local small businesses.  

On the side, I am a fine art painter. One artist sticks out as a strong influence is painter Gerhard Richter, largely due to his case studies of photographs in an abstract approach. Gerhard integrated his personal experience in his work of art. I found his photo to painting studies have an indirect underlying story much like what I am advancing toward as a painter. I love the stark differences from literal photographs to layering oil pigments. I compartmentalize my ideas equally between the two.

I stretch the ideas of contemporary photography and use my life experiences to make my work stronger; much like Richter. Other notable artist I love are photographers Paul Strand, Vivian Maier, Henry Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand. Also painters Philippe de Champaigne, William Edouard Scott and Edouard Monet.

My photo education includes Ivy Tech State College of Indiana, Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and the Southwest University of Visual Arts in New Mexico. I earned my B.F.A at the Herron School of Art and Design and completed some course work in MLD with Saint Mary of the Woods College.