Photograph by Jess T. Dugan, 2016

About / CV


I live at 9,500-foot on a mountainside abutting national forest land in Colorado's Front Range, with my husband Dave and three other creatures—Bodhi the Wonder Dog, and cats Luna and Siva. Our neighbors are elk, deer, fox, coyotes, bears and mountain lions. I am a practicing artist and educator; in my off-time I build stone walls, hike, snowshoe, and take down bark beetle-killed trees. 

My artwork is influenced by nature writers, Buddhist philosophy, a unique multi-cultural heritage, and a lifetime closely observing nature; it centers on relationships between humankind and the natural world. It also examines photographic media's phenomenological relationship to these concerns through the physics of time, the balance between light energy and sensitivity to it, as well as chemical interaction. I utilize the entire range of photographic media from historic to digital; my decisions regarding media are intended to underscore the content and concepts I'm focused on for the particular body of work. 

My work is internationally exhibited, held in corporate and private collections, and has received fellowship and award recognition. I license images and work on commission. 

I authored the textbook, The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images, (Focal Press). I lecture and offer workshops on its themes. I've been Contributor-at-Large for American Photo Magazine, and write critical essays on photography. Elements, now in its second edition, is available here.

I have taught photography at institutions including the University of Michigan, Antioch College, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Currently I serve as Department Chair of Studio Art & Art History at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO, and oversee its Photography Area.

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