Although I always loved photography, it was not until 1994 in a workshop at Ghost Ranch down the road from Georgia O’Keefe’s former home in New Mexico that I became completely engrossed. From that point on, photography became a serious pursuit and a priority. In fact, I retired early from teaching college English in order to concentrate more fully on image-making. I am fortunate to have studied with remarkable teachers/mentors, over time, at Orange Coast College, University of California at Santa Cruz Extension, and, especially, the Santa Fe Workshops. In particular, I am grateful for the influence of Rick Steadry, Debbie Fleming Caffery, and Carlan Tapp.