Annstracts --

Abstract photography that tells stories. And stories transform us.


Benefits of writing in a journal.

“We read to know we’re not alone.”

― William Nicholson

I started writing in a journal about ten years ago. When I started, I was dealing with chronic anxiety. Anyone in that boat can tell you; it isn’t something you row yourself out of easily. So, stroke by stroke of the pen on paper, I spilled out negative thoughts.

Over time, journaling helped me challenge those apprehensions. Then finally, I understood my fears and concerns better. The parade of ruminations stayed on the page, and I could shift my thoughts to the positive.

Since lifting that fog, I have found joy in allowing my abstract photography to guide me toward calm. Being in the moment helped me find my balance, and I hope reading these will bring you some peace too.

What will you find here?

  • “Photo Essays” are shorter reads with more visuals that let the photos guide the story about a place or experience.
  • “Using Color” focuses on one abstract photo to guide how color in an artwork creates a mood–a color fest for your eyes.
Nativity art: capturing the spirit of Christmas

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Butterflies: appreciating the little things

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New media art: from a trashcan. Really.

New media art: from a trashcan. Really.

For a myriad of reasons, I’ve struggled a lot this past week. When I have these times, which are completely human, I try to find an anchor to bring me back to something simple, something that reminds me of the little moments. 

When I need some inspiration to pull me back to what matters, I flip open my images to look at art I’ve created and scroll them like a lot of people do with social media. I stopped at this image. Over and over, I kept coming back to “Blue Morphos and the Sun” I created as New Media Art. I love the way it feels sunny and warm and as though many happy thoughts are flittering around inside my head. 

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