My work is a series of studies in vivid contrasts and unseen beauty, reflective of the gender, race and class struggles that impacted me during childhood and teenage life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was raised in a world of art and photography and first began shooting images for my father’s company as early as nine years old. I draw from anything I see that leaves a profound impression. Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Robert Mapplethorpe, Francesca Woodman, James Baldwin, Akira Kurosawa are all significant to me in that I could relate to their work. Each has in different ways enabled me to see that my own struggles with the world around me can be incorporated into my art. My photography career has spanned over twenty years of portraiture, advertising and commissions.