This year has been quite exciting for me and there was plenty to celebrate.
It was thrilling to have my long awaited solo photography exhibit at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in May and was honored to be included in their center for my bird and wildlife photography to be showcased. “Cherish Nature” was a photographic expression of the importance of conservation and habitat protection for wildlife and to recognize the success of the years long efforts of conservation to revitalize endangered species.
As stewards of the earth, I believe it is important for us to do what we can to help preserve nature for generations to come. “Think Global ~ Act Local” is a wonderful mantra to live by.
This year, 10 of my images were selected to be included into Juried art shows through the Maryland Federation of Art, which is no small feat. That doesn’t share how many images I did submit for consideration for exhibits that were not accepted. Of those ten images, two have been purchased by collectors, which in my mind makes me an official artist ! Two of my donated images for MFA’s annual fundraising event were selected and now grace the homes of two more collectors.
Along with the MFA’s success, I had several of my images published in a variety of venues from the cover of the September commemorative issue of Maryland Department of Natural Resources magazine, the 2020 Patapsco Heritage Greenway calendar, several online Florida Audubon articles and the expansive book “Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia” by Bruce Beehler.
On the home front, I worked on three production projects, two for the Investigative Discovery channel and one for GrubHub. It was a great opportunity seeing professionals in their industry work at their craft.
Each year I keep saying I want to slow down and it doesn’t seem to happen. On a personal front, I had to move my horse in March but ended up in this most incredible, beautiful and historic place just outside of Annapolis. Since that time, horses have filled my day and my photography has taken a back seat save a few escape days and the scouts for my classes.
It’s time for me to pick up the camera more often and it’s my New Year’s Resolution. While it was good to have a break from so much photography, I miss the quiet time I have when I’m out capturing the world around me.
Some exciting adventures are already planned for 2020 and I can’t wait to get started!