The boundaries of the photographic images that depicted the cold, unyielding reality of exactly what she saw. These beautiful creatures had played a major role in her childhood fantasies and she yearned to articulate something more of the power, astonishing beauty of form, and grace that horses meant to her.
After taking a photograph of a horse, she wanted to convey not only what she saw, but something more about what she felt. Moreover, Anita wanted to infuse the images with the cherished fantasies of her childhood.
After a lifetime of dreaming about a life with horses, Anita had an accident that abruptly shattered her dream. While struggling to accept the finality of her situation and searching for distraction, she developed a mild interest in photography and found that the borrowed digital camera she was using had magical powers. Anita found that she could look at a horse through her view finder and not be reduced to tears over what would never be again. Shazam! She had a new connection to horses and all the world around her.
Fortunately, her years spent as an actor and teacher of actors offered some preparation for the challenge of a new type of storytelling. While Anita knew little about cameras at that point, her stage work and directing provided a foundation in the areas of composition, lighting, focus, and a taste for dramatic structure.
A fiery new passion was born! Anita was intrigued by her new form of expression, the romanticist in her strained at .
Thanks to digital tools, virtual brushes with virtual paint, Anita began adding multiple layers of color, texture, shapes and lines to her photographs. Over time, she was able to blur the lines of reality which gave her subjects a freedom from the boundaries of a real place or event. What Anita found she could do with an image, was communicate her feelings more clearly. Anita explained, “The final image is as much about horses that I remember or dreamed of as it is a likeness of the horse that I photographed.”
Now in her third act, what makes Anita get up in the morning is making images that come from the collected stories of her heart. No longer are her final images limited to what the camera sensor has recorded. They are imaginings, as well. They emanate from dreams, half-forgotten memories, impressions, and feelings.
Anita invites the world to share in her imaginings. She says, “Allow my images to pique yourmemories, awaken your dreams, and remind you of the stories in your heart.”