Raised on a 40-acre farm in rural Washington, I was surround by 27 horses, two donkeys, two goats, chickens, geese, bunnies, cats, and a dog, plus three feral brothers. Our house had one bathroom (the one on the back porch doesn’t count). There wasn’t heat upstairs and the 1907 windows made for frosty mornings—even inside. Being the only girl, I was the lucky one and had carpet. Pink carpet. Days were spent helping on the farm, playing sports, and showing horses, goats, vegetables, and my photography in 4-H at our county fair. It was a free-range childhood.
Ten years ago, inspired by my daughter’s fourth grade school project, my girls and I attended a photography workshop led by National Geographic photographer, Ami Vitale. Those four days learning to shoot while on horseback on a 30,000-acre holistic ranch rekindled my love for photography.
These days, I am feeling drawn to open spaces, animals, rescues, and learning more about regenerative ranches. But oddly enough, it all makes sense. It feels like home. It feels like my mom’s blackberry cobbler. It sounds like our farmhouse plank floors creaking. It smells like freshly-cut hay. It sounds like Willie Nelson on the radio. It looks like horses in our amber fields. It is home.
Two years ago, I was feeling down during the holidays and wanted to “do good.” I had heard that whenever you’re feeling helpless, get helpful. So, my girls helped me post a story on social media where I announced that I was selling images to benefit a horse and donkey rescue in Bakersfield, California. Lifelong friends and total strangers rallied behind the cause. Over just a few days, we were able to donate over $12,000 for All Seated in a Barn. That experience changed me. This is why I have created Roam the Range, so I can do more good.
Behind every “me” is an “us.” Without the encouragement of my husband, the technical and artistic support from my daughters, and the rooting from my sons, I wouldn’t do what I do. They are my purpose.
Thank you for your support. The more prints we can sell, the more animals we can save.