I spent my childhood romping around and exploring the wilderness areas in the mountains near my northern California home. The youngest of nine children, our father was an avid mountain climber and nature lover, and he made sure his kids were instilled with his passion for the outdoors. After he died in a climbing accident when I was very young, our mother continued to promote spending time in nature, ensuring that our vacations were spent outdoors camping, hiking and exploring.
When I was 16 years old, my older brother gave me my first SLR camera, a Pentax ME Super. I thought I wanted to be a journalist then, and my camera quickly became an extension of my arm. I studied journalism in college for two years and worked for my city's newspaper, at which point I discovered that journalism wasn't for me. I transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and studied graphic design instead. I bought a used Beseler enlarger and turned my spare bedroom into a darkroom, where I spent countless hours in the dark happily experimenting with printmaking. In the years following art school, I built a successful design business, got married, raised two wonderful sons, and currently use my camera to tell stories of the natural world.
Frequently symbolic, my images strive to communicate the sublime beauty of the natural world with an eye oriented towards the subtle and sometimes overlooked elements of nature. I return to familiar places again and again to observe the changes brought about by the seasons, light and weather. My camera records what the eye cannot see: blurring waterfalls, vibrant sunbursts, birds' wings frozen in a moment of time. I use everything I know about the technology of modern photography to create images that will open your eyes to seeing the natural world differently.
September 5 - October 7, 2017, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, (solo exhibit), Sacramento, CA, "Mother Earth: a photographic exploration of the natural world through a woman's eyes"
February 25 - April 30, 2017, Yosemite Renaissance 32, (group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
August 6, 2016 - Sept. 10, 2016, Ansel Adams Gallery, (group exhibit) Yosemite National Park, "The Great Certainty: Photographs Commemorating 100 Years of National Park Service Stewardship"
February 26 - May 1, 2016, Yosemite Renaissance 31, (group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
January 1-20, 2016, Black Box Gallery, (group exhibit) Portland, Oregon
February 28 - May 10, 2015, Yosemite Renaissance 30, (group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
July-Nov 2014, Camera West, Walnut Creek, CA (solo exhibit) "Western Landscape Impressions"
Oct-Dec 2013, Vino Locale, Palo Alto, CA (solo exhibit) "Landscapes of California and the Pacific Northwest"
Nov 2013-Jan 2014, Diablo Rock, Concord, CA (solo exhibit), "Rock"
2016 Yosemite Renaissance 31, "Sentinels", First Place
2015 Spider Awards, Nominee, "Balance", "Into The Light", and "Winter's Bone".
2015 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, "Overall Highly Commended", "My USA Runner Up" and "My USA Highly Commended"
2015 Yosemite Renaissance 30, "Aspens & The Blue Light", Cash award
2014 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, "Black Oaks & Granite", "Aspens & The Blue Light"
Deborah Hughes, Endframe: "Bridal Veil" by Charlotte Gibb, OnLandscape, Issue 101, October 13, 2015.
Featured Artist Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 48, February 2015
Cover, California State Parks 2013 Annual Report
Landscape Photography Magazine, "The Intimate Landscape", Issue 74, April 2017.