Artist's Statement

My focus in photographing vintage signs stems from my appreciation for each sign's uniqueness and the craftsmanship involved in making each sign: each sign truly is a work of art. Through my photographs, I strive to reveal the uniqueness of each sign.

The fact that weathering changes the appearance of signs, combined with property owners and/or real-estate developers who may not see value in preserving old signs, compels me to continue documenting signage and other roadside sights that still stand today. After all, the appearance of such artifacts may be different tomorrow, that is, if something is even still standing tomorrow. (Many signs I have photographed have since been altered or dismantled altogether.)

I enjoy learning about the business(es) each sign has promoted and sharing such information/stories in captions for some of the photos I post online. 

I capture my images digitally, and I lightly edit them, leaving in the occasional power line, guy wire, and/or parts of trees or buildings -- just as they exist when I saw them. 

I started my main series of photographs, which I call "Roadside Relics," at the end of 2010, and it is still in progress.


A Texan by birth, and a Houstonian by choice, I moved to Houston after living in Austin, Toronto, Southern California, and the Chicago area. I have spent the majority of my professional career working in the non-profit sector in marketing, fundraising, and communications roles for the Houston Symphony, University of Houston, and other organizations. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

My photography work has been shown in a solo exhibition at Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston in 2017; in group exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography, Museum of Neon Art (Glendale, CA), and in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vienna (Austria), among other cities; and featured in the Houston Chronicle and Houston Press and on various Web sites, including Collectors Weekly and the Houston-based real estate site,, among others.  


Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1988

Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas

2017 Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas

2015 The Event Center/Dining Hall at Night Bird Ranch, Ledbetter, Texas

2018 "The 2018 Photo Review 34th Annual International Photography Competition" 
(Juror: Sarah Meister, Photography Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York)

2018 "24th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition," Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
(Juror: Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans)

2018 "2018 Print Auction Exhibition," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

2018 "35th Juried Open Exhibition," Visual Arts Alliance, BLUEorange Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Molly Glentzer, senior writer & critic, arts & culture, Houston Chronicle)

2018 "Texas National Competition & Exhibition 2018," Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
(Juror: Jed Perl, art critic, writer, and professor of liberal studies at The New School, New York City)

2017 "Deck the Walls," Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas

2017 Atlanta Photography Group's Seventh Annual "Airport Show," Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atrium, Atlanta, Georgia
(Juror: Amy Miller, Executive Director, Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival) 

2017 "Fourth Annual Members' Exhibition" virtual gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, California
(Juror: Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum of Photography)

2017 "It's a Sign," 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
(Curators: Tricia Noble and Andrew Overtoom) 

2017 "Post-Presence: An Instagram Gallery Take Over," RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, California
(Jurors: Staff from PHROOM Magazine, NOICE Magazine, & RayKo Photo Center)

2016 "34th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator of Photography and New Media, Minneapolis Institute of Art) 

2016 "The Curated Fridge: On a Road Trip to Photoville," Photoville, Brooklyn, New York
(Curator: Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, artist, and educator)

2016 "Sign Geeks," Museum of Neon Art (MONA), Glendale, California
(Curators: Marc Shur, Carlos Vargas, Sharlynn Vee) 

2016 "Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2016," Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Brady Roberts, Chief Curator, Milwaukee Art Museum) 

2016 "9th Juried Invitational Exhibition," Visual Arts Alliance, 1600 Smith Street Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Anna Tahinci, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Art History, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

2016 "Salon Exhibition 2016," The Gallery at Round Top, Round Top, Texas
(Juror: Robert Burridge, artist)

2015 "Deck the Walls," Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston Texas

2015 "33rd Juried Membership Exhibition," Visual Arts Alliance, 1600 Smith Street Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Gus Kopriva, Owner, Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas)

2015 "A Juried Affaire," Affaire d'art Gallery, Galveston, Texas
(Juror: Michael Golden, Chair, Art Department, Houston Community College, Houston, Texas)  

2015 “Salon Exhibition 2015,” The Gallery at Round Top, Round Top, Texas
(Juror: Andrea Pramuk, artist, Austin, Texas)  

2015 “The Four Seasons of Colfax,” 40 West Arts Gallery, Lakewood, Colorado
(Jurors: Jonny Barber and Bree Davies, Denver, Colorado) 

2015 “Signs from Different Worlds,” West 46: Project Space for Photography, Vienna, Austria
(Curator: Achim Gauger, artist) 

2015 “Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2015,” Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Dean Sobel, Director, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, Colorado) 

2014 "Sign Geeks," SPACE Pomona Gallery, Pomona, California
(Curator: Sharlynn Vee) 

Private collections in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Bryan, Texas; and in San Diego and Los Angeles, California, among others. 

Print Media

Leah Binkovitz, “Sign Language: Dot Coffee Shop,” “Neon and gravy in the Church of All Hungry Saints,” Houston Chronicle, November 19, 2014, 

Online Publications
Hunter Oatman-Stanford, “Artistanal Advertising: Reviving the Tradition of Hand-Painted Signs,” Collectors Weekly, January 13, 2014,

Xeni Jardin, “Houston's Beer Can House,” Boing Boing, October 21, 2013, 

Various photos featured on and, 2012-2014

• Photographic artist / reviewee, FotoFest Biennial Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews, Houston, Texas, 2018 and 2016
• Judge, City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department's “Growing Up Recycling” cart art competition, 2014 and 2013
• Speaker, "Upcycling," Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, August 2013
• Commissioner, City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Elgin, Illinois, 1999-2000
• Commissioner, Huntington Beach Arts Commission, Huntington Beach, California, 1996-98

• Freelance writer and photographic artist, 2009-present
• Business Development Strategist, Artsmarketing Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (working from Houston), 2009-2010
• Director of Marketing and Business Development, Bailey Architects, Houston, Texas, 2007-2009
• Director of Development and External Relations, Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston, Texas, 2004-2007
• Director of Development, University Libraries and The Honors College, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2002-2004
• Director of Individual Giving, Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas, 2000-2002
• Director of Development, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin, Illinois, 1998-2000
• Assistant Director of Development, Pacific Symphony, Santa Ana, California, 1995-98
• Director of Marketing, Artsmarketing Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1993-1995
• Assistant Director of Marketing, Artsmarketing Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1989-1993