In earlier years, my photographs have been used primarily for record keeping and as illustrations for the occasional article I published about our cruising adventures as we sailed around the world in our small yacht. That was before the days of digital photography, and our extremely limited budget of $90/month, only allowed for one or two rolls of film. My original idea was that I would supplement that with sketches, because paper and pencil were cheap, weren't they? Unfortunately, my artistic skills never matched my ambitions, and the sketch books never materialized.
I have always enjoyed taking pictures, and with the development of digital photography, I am rarely without my camera. The resulting photos have been used to illustrate the newsletters and trip reports shared with an ever-growing list of charter guests, family and friends. Until we moved to Mena in 2008, I had little opportunity to hang my pictures; neither the boat nor our cottage in St. John, Virgin Islands, had much wall space! Now, I have begun considering my photos for their artistic qualities. It has been fun to enlarge them and be "hung with the best" in Gallery Shows. I have enjoyed some small successes, entering them there and in out-of-town competitions: Polk County and State Fairs, among others.