When and how did you start making art?
My father had a great appreciation for the arts, and I believe I inherited it from him.
I fell in love with photography in my adolescent years, which of course was far different than it is today in our digital era, although the principles remain the same.
After years of working with film, I received a digital camera from my husband, and my first thought was, “What am I supposed to do with that?”
After many hours and years of dedication, I can now look back at how far I’ve come in the world of photography and everything I’ve accomplished.
What inspires your work?
Being a photographer, I observe the world closely, always looking for things that escape the ordinary eye.
I turn to nature and wildlife for creative inspiration.
They stir my emotions, and through light, composition, color and focus, I can express those emotions.
You can learn so much about me just by viewing my images — they are pieces of my heart.
How would you describe Green Bay/NE Wisconsin’s arts community?
There are a number of wonderful organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin that focus on connecting with and spotlighting the creative community and integrating them with the public, whether through gallery exhibits, community activities or art and craft shows.
What is the best advice you have for other artists?
You have to find the thing that’s special about you — what distinguishes you from all others.
With talent, hard work and passion, anything is possible.
Follow your passion, follow your dreams.
Where can people find your work?
upnortphoto.com, facebook.com/UpNortPhoto, instagram.com/upnortphoto