My introduction to art appreciation started at an early age, with close family and friends who were extremely talented in many types of artistic expression, including music. My earliest memories of photography started when my grandmother would often show a hard-cover copy of National Geographic.In it was an article about her first cousin, Dr. William Harding Longley, a botanist who, in 1926, partnered with Kodak to make an underwater camera that photographed the FIRST COLOR underwater image. This camera now rests in the archives at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. An article describing this remarkable partnership can be found on National Geographic’s website.http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photographers/first-underwater-article.htmlSummary of Artistic Background, Affiliations and Achievements- 2011 - present Member of NH Society Photographic Artists, an invitational membership process. http://www.nhspa.org/about.shtml NHSPA's focus is on the education and artistic development of its members and the community by providing exhibitions, publications, education, and outreach programs.- 2005 – present Member of NH Art Association.http://www.nhartassociation.org/home NHAA membership is determined by a semi-annual jury process. I take great notice of its standard and compliance to the traditional gallery art style.- 2004 Graduated from NH Institute of Art with a Certificate in Photography. http://www.nhia.edu I remain at NHIA in the Continuing Education Program.- 2002 – 2013 Member of the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA/NH Chapter), a nationwide invitational association. http://www.wcanh.org Served as Exhibitions Coordinator from 2005 -2009. Coordinated fourteen exhibitions during that four-year tenure, giving great art exposure and opportunities.- 2000 – present Member of New Hampshire Professional Photographers’ Association. Earned more than twenty-five ribbons in NHPPA’s yearly print competition, including a Judge’s Choice Award in 2002. NHPPA is a juried membership. Publication and exhibit listings available upon request.