Like a lot of creative-types, I've struggled to call myself an Artist. I paint, I write, I bake, I take pictures - I couldn't imagine living in a world where art isn't a primary focus - but does that make me an artist? I'm coming to the conclusion that it does. And sometimes it takes something like winning a photo contest to help me realize it.
I'm honored to be the winner of last year's Salem Is photo contest and to be featured in an interview where I get to talk shop about life, photography and what it means to live in Salem, Oregon. It's also another opportunity for me to stand to my full height as an Artist and embrace my unique perspecitve.
"There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." -Martha Graham