The Artist My work investigates the study of wonder, hope and endurance of the human spirit during today's trying times. I use historical photographic processes, large and small format photography, toy cameras and digital cameras. I was born into a family of storytellers. At age 7, I brought my camera on adventures alongside my father, who was a writer. On Sunday mornings I spun the family globe and wherever my finger landed, that was the Chicago ethnic neighborhood we explored for the day. My father wrote stories about the people we met, and I made photographs with my Kodak Instamatic, telling stories with my camera. My passion for visual storytelling led to a career as an photographer. I've documented the intimacies of the human spirit and the fragility of nature for more than 20 years. My work has been exhibited widely, including The Barcelona Foto Biennial, The Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Prague, Fotofever at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, The Polish Museum of America in Chicago, Fotofest Biennial in Houston, Texas, Photo Independent in Los Angeles, California, The Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago, Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, among others. I am the first place winner of the International 2017 Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award for Women in the Landscapes and Seascapes category. I'm also the co-winner of a 1st place Community Grant from the Illinois Humanities Council and a 2015 Photolucida Critical Mass top 200 finalist. My photographs have been published in several books, including “America At Home: A Close-up Look at How We Live”, which is one of the largest collaborative photography projects in publishing history. My work has also been published in The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and Newsweek, Slate Magazine and several other publications and books. I have been a photo editor for various workshops including The Chicago Photography Center and a portfolio reviewer at Columbia College in Chicago. I was a photographer in Santa Fe, NM, for more than ten years, where my foundation as an artist took root, before moving to Chicago where I became a photo editor at The Chicago Tribune. I live in the Chicago area with my husband Alex, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, my two children and my yellow lab, Blue.