Artist Statements Wishes Several years ago I collected hundreds of smooth, flat stones for my mother when she became a widow. I placed them in a simple box for her to keep. Whenever we felt the need, we walked down the hill and made wishes in the pond below the family cabin. The box of wishes burned in a massive house fire, yet the stones remained. This gave me a continued sense of hope, enabling me to make new wishes from what once was, while rebuilding our home. With each toss of a stone, the universal symbol of the circle came forth in a consistent response with expanding ripples, a reminder of the eternal and infinite. My favorite time is dusk, when water reflects the day’s end with a deep blue. Entitled Wishes, this work stems from a blend of melancholy and yearning, focusing on the past, present and future. For me, the blue that quietly develops at dusk is soothing, contemplative and spiritual. The physical expression of tossing stones in the water is an act of meditation with the seen and unseen. My work explores many moods of the color blue, which is most often associated with soothing calm. Saudade (Sense of Longing) Having lived in several different cities and countries, I’ve packed and unpacked countless boxes and suitcases. It’s been difficult to say goodbye to tribes of friends and chosen family. The Portuguese word saudade has deeply resonated with me for many years, aptly defining a feeling I've carried after moving from place to place. My images explore a sense of saudade, a longing for home and a deep yearning to find what I once had. After my grandmother died, her simple house dress brought me comfort when I could no longer visit her. When we lost our family home due to severe weather, my father’s books were one of the few things that were salvaged. They brought me enormous comfort and a sense of place during transition and loss. For years I've dreamed of finally being home, my forever place, where I can root my children as they grow, plant perennials and measure growth charts on the door frame. Behind the Veil This project tells the story of retired nuns from three different Catholic orders in the Chicagoland area. While they remain nuns for life, due to the critical national shortage of nuns combined with the decline of attendance in the church, most are unable to retire from designated jobs until they are often well into their late 80's. These women were at one time a crucial part of the foundation of their societies. They helped build schools, hospitals, orphanages, and churches in mainly Polish immigrant communities. This series is a window to their world, which remains behind the scenes from everyday society. A routine of community, solitude and faith carries them to their final destination. Process: Black and white 35mm film. Once Only Imagined The days of childlike wonder and untamed, imaginative play flow freely in the age of innocence. As a little girl I spent countless hours in the forest near my home, making up stories and songs, discovering trails with my dog and building secret hideouts. With this series, I attempt to photograph a connection to both the seen and unseen, where daydreams and creative thought tap into the deeper pulse of life. Childhood is a fleeting haven for magical play that adults too often lose, and through these images my intent is to instill a sense of memory and hope, with the possibility of rekindling wonder. Natural Order "We do not remember days, we remember moments." ~ Cesare Pavese My work explores the relationship between life's simple moments and the beautiful undercurrents that whisper within them. Like the stillness of early morning just before dawn, it is a meditation for me to find and photograph the extraordinary among the ordinary. I search for the quiet intimacies of everyday life, and strive to instill a sense of youth-filled wonder and hope in the viewer, speaking to their inner emotions. Process: I work with film, digital and plastic cameras, in a variety of formats. Mexico Reflections I've had an ongoing love affair with Mexico for many years. Having lived there as a late teenager, I now travel there as much as I can. These images are a study and reflection of the continuous pull I feel towards the place which, for me, is an endless adventure for the senses.