Over the years, there have been many people who have helped in guiding, inspiring, and supporting me in my artistic journey. Even before this project, many fellow photographers graciously mentored me as I developed as a Storyteller and image creator.
Gail Weiss: kind and loving woman I am thankful to have as my dear friend, guide, and objective curator of my art.
Billy, Tim, Skyla, Erinn, Fekadu, Johanna, Lisa, Shanae, Amanda M, Heather, Brian, Allen, Cristina, Jenny, Sue, Connie, Beverly, Jeremy, Amanda S, Robin, Yuging, Harlene, Andrea, Barbara, Cora, Mary, Ethel, Michelle, Jillian Bessett, Joshua Butcher, and Damon Barnaby: the Storytellers and thirty one amazing, caring, courageous people an artist could ever hope to work with.
Jimi Giannatti: photographer extraordinaire and author of the forward to my book. He is a soulmate, brother, and fellow music lover. His photos that now hang in the permanent collection of the UCLA African American Library were particularly impactful on my own portrait work. Jimi’s photographs were on the cover of Spin Magazine, among others. He’s photographed Will Smith, Cindy Crawford, Jamie Foxx, John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, and more. I am grateful for his kind words that opened my book, My Picture Tells A Story.
Dona Jones: talented artist and accomplished woman; her friendship and support opened the doors that made this project possible.
Jim Auerbach: longtime friend, brilliant travel photographer, the man whose insistent but gentle pushes helped me get out of my way.
Kathy Klenner, Meg Copas, and Kelly Barry: three colleagues and friends from Payroll Network. Their encouragement and support throughout my photo art endeavors was something I had never experienced in a work environment, particularly from senior management. They each played an important role, notably as I got the opportunity to start exhibiting.
Payroll Network: an incredible group of people who were more family than work colleagues. Payroll Network is a nurturing and caring company I called home for over thirteen years. Built by Charlie Wolf, it is a company that cares about the people who work for him. As an artist, I could not have been in a better place as I pursued my artistic dreams, especially in the last five years at the company.
Artist and Makers and the Artist and Markers’ Artist Community: a place built by an artist for artists in support of artists. Founder Judith Olivia HeartSong and all the artists in this community comprise a space where artists create, thrive, support, and nurture each other.
Julius Schlosburg: brilliant Tucson photographer, Julius is the photographer for my bio photo. I am grateful to be the father of this gracious and beautiful man.
Tucson Music Community: After moving to my new home in Tucson in November 2022, I wanted to start a new Story Series based on the Tucson music scene. The reception to this series by the Tucson Music Community was gratifying. It began with the first story on April 22, 2023, with the incomparable Jillian Bessett and her story. The series is ongoing.
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