Though not one myself, I come from a long line of inventors, who used their imagination to create things to make ordinary life a little bit better. The first was my Great-Great-Grandfather Joseph Binks who invented the cold-water paint spray system that was used to paint the buildings of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in time for its opening. In this environment, I learned to look at ordinary items with new eyes, to see what beauty could be found there.
When I was a technical theater student at the Goodman School of Drama (then part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) I became interested in how light and shadow create patterns and shapes. I also studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago. With my photography, I try to capture images that represent the intersection of the mundane and imagination. We often overlook commonplace things and structures because they are so ordinary, but when we look closer with our imagination and creativity, we see a much more interesting world.
My husband and I have been living in Paducah since the summer of 2020.