At the age of 5, her father gave Ms. Brown her first camera. She started taking photographs then and never stopped. She recalls many hours in the darkroom with her father, a self-taught amateur photographer.
Photography did not seem to be a viable career choice however, so Ms. Brown married, raised two children, and obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, and then started her career in corporate development. After 20 years, she retired to devote more time to her first love, photography. In the summer of 2004, Ms. Brown took a beginning photography class at the Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe because she wanted to go “back to basics.”
“I am most at home in a forest, hiking on rocky trails, or poking along a beach at sunset. I love running water, rocks, patterns, lines, and that special light that strikes an object just so. There is a sense of oneness and calm, and when I’m looking through the viewfinder time just goes away. Whether working outdoors or in my kitchen photographing flowers, I try to capture that feeling in my images.”
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