I'm not used to talking about my past. My instinct has always been to look forward, instead of back. I have a wonderfully full life. My husband Lary and I are engaged in our businesses in Westchester County, NY. I love my work as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with William Raveis Real Estate. Lary and I spend lots of time at our restaurant Mohansic Grill & Lounge at the Westchester County-owned Mohansic Golf Course in Yorktown Heights, sharing great food and live music with our friends. I also do my best to assist Lary in his stained glass studio, Art Glass Studios of Westchester, working on the restoration of fine stained and leaded glass windows. I'm a volunteer with the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding program in Brewster, NY and involve myself in a variety of community activities.

Looking back on the things I've done in the past I feel as if I've lived many lives. I grew up on Long Island. My dad gave me my first camera when I was very young but I didn't get really interested in the art of photography until I was in my teens. My late teens were spent riding horses at our farm in Brookville, NY. At that point photography took a back seat to my riding activities. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with Show Jumping Olympian George Morris. My many years of training and show experience with him led to my first professional life as a rider and trainer of show horses and riders in the hunter and jumper arena.

Eventually I developed the urge to become part of the New York City scene and so began professional life #2. Before the horse business lured me back I worked for Talent Associates Ltd. in TV program syndication. After a few years my entrepreneurial spirit inspired me to fill a unique niche - I opened a travel agency dedicated to the travel needs of the international horse show community. The business grew quickly and soon my whole family was engaged in its operation. Eventually I was drawn back to horses and a return to my professional life in the horse business at my farm in Bedford Hills, NY.

My camera was never far from my side. I tried not to pass up any photographic opportunities. Sometimes that meant pulling over on a moment's notice to capture fall color or a spectacular sunset along the roadside. Somethimes I'd wake up spontaneously well before dawn and drive to a mountaintop overlook to see the sunrise. I scoured the Westchester and Putnam County communities searching for beautiful photographic locations and got to know them well.

My life changed dramatically when Lary and I were married and began working together in his stained glass studio - and so began my professional life #3 as I learned about leaded glass window design and creation. With Lary's encouragement, I soon discovered my favorite photographic subject - macrophotography of the opalescent colored glass that we use in our stained glass window designs. My portfolio of images grew quickly. At that time I was shooting in film and printing in the darkroom. The publishers of Stained Glass Magazine that was very popular in the industry at the time invited me to exhibit my work at the Stained Glass Expo in Reno, Nevada and published an article about my work with a nice cover shot. That started me thinking about exhibiting seriously. My work was featured in many group exhibitions in SOHO, a solo exhibition in Midtown Manhattan and a museum exhibition in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, among others, all in the early 1990s.

In 1994 Lary and I moved to our home in Putnam Valley, NY where we still live with our Jack Russell Terriers, geese, koi and the occasional horse. At the time digital photography was in its infancy but its popularity was on the rise. I thought my work would become passé from an exhibition standpoint but I had other ideas to work on. I developed an educational program, the FotoFantasy Educational Program, that incorporates my images as the creative writing starters. That led to professional life #4 as an educator. After delivering the program myself to classroom groups throughout Westchester County, NY and Greenwich, CT for several years I wanted to put the program into the hands of teachers. I went back to school at the brand new state-of-the-art Westchester Community College MAC Center in Peekskill, NY to study the Director application.

At that point the Internet was just becoming mainstream. My instructor liked my work and asked me to collaborate on a project that was right up my alley, an online horse magazine. With his mentorship my web skills grew and that launched professional life #5 as a web designer/project manager. The magazine was a hit and was ultimately sold to a multimedia company in NY. I was contracted for 1 year to transition the magazine to their company. That led to a 10 year career with Merrill Lynch in HR Technology.

I retired from Merrill Lynch in 2009. I'm currently up to professional lives #6 & 7 as a Real Estate Salesperson with William Raveis and assisting Lary at Mohansic Grill & Lounge, and we're still actively operating Art Glass Studios of Westchester.
Occasionally I still present my educational progarm in the classroom as part of the BOCES Arts in Education effort.
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