Everyone always asks me why I moved here, sometimes out of pure envy, while others are in awe for just packing up and starting over. I moved here from New York City, which has to be one of the most difficult places to transition out of, because I needed a change in my life style. I was working in the Photo District in the city, in a few different photo related venues while also assisting photographers, and even as an international flight attendant out of J.F.K.; to say the least it demanded a lot of energy all of the time and was exhausting. I came to St. Thomas on a much-needed vacation to visit an old friend from college and a couple months later moved here. This was definitely one of the best decisions I've made to date. I love my lifestyle, my business (yes, I love what I do for work) and feel fortunate each day for all that I have and have accomplished. It has taken me a long time to get to this point.
Originally, I'm from Maine, raised by two artists in the mountains. My parents where part of a movement in the 70's called "Back to the land movement." They set out to live a self-sufficient lifestyle and raise a family. For the first part of my life I was off the grid and lived, very much, connected to the land. It was an experience like no other and a unique childhood to say the least. With both of my parents being artists, I followed in step and went to art school to study fine art photography. After graduating from the Maine College of Art with a Bachelors of Fine Art, I set out to be an artist in New York City. Only to realize that I needed to be where I am now: on a small island in the Caribbean, living in paradise.