I was born and raised in Rochester. I grew up on a large dairy farm and learned about working hard and caring for animals and the land at a young age. I was always surrounded by animals — cats, dogs, birds, cows and horses — and loved them all. That love of animals led me to be a nature/wildlife photographer.
I’m not a professional photographer. My day job is working at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Rochester as the supervisor and also program coordinator for a large undergraduate research program. I didn’t get serious about photography until my 40s, after taking the black-and-white photography class at Rochester Community and Technical College.
I am a member of the Med City Photo Club. I have learned so much from my fellow club members over the years, and am so appreciative of all the advice and instruction they have given me. They have helped to make me the photographer I am today.
In 2018, I was fortunate enough to have one of my photos on the cover of the April/May edition of National Wildlife magazine. Another one of my photos is currently on display at the Rochester International Airport. You can see more of my work at www.mnartists.org.