I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with nearly 20 years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a dear spot in my heart that I can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene.  Shooting commissioned portraits is only half of my photography business, if you'd like to see what else I do, visit my FINE ART SITE.

I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved back home with my husband and son a few years ago to be near family. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.

(My name is pronounced Tie-shuh, just in case you were wondering.)

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Bachelor of Science, Horticulture, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (1992)
Bachelor of Arts, Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (1999)

2017 Juror's Award, Black & White, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
2017 Palm Springs Slideshow Contest Winner, Palm Springs, California
2017 Head On Portrait Prize Exhibition, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2016 Nomination, LEAD Awards 2016, Documentary Photography of the Year, Lead Academy, Germany
2016 BLACK & WHITE Magazine Portfolio Spotlight Winner
2016 Sustainable Arts Foundation, Spring 2016 Finalist
2016 Honorable Mention, Black and White, The Center for Fine Art Photography
2015 Shortlisted for Black and White Photographer of the Year, BPOTY
2015 Top 200, Critical Mass
2015 Best in Show, Shrode Photography Competition, Cedarhurst Art Center, Mt Vernon, Illinois
2015 100 Photographers to Watch in 2015, Clickin Moms
2014 2014 FLAKPhoto, Books of the Year 2014
2013 Images of Illinois (Best in Show and 2nd in Places), Prairie Art Alliance, Springfield, Illinois

2017 Black and White Magazine, Spotlight, October
2017 GEOkompakt, September
2017 Aint-Bad Magazine, August
2017 Driftless Magazine, Spring/Summer
2017 Fraction Magazine 9th Anniversary Edition, May
2017 On Art & Aesthetics, March
2017 Slippery Edge, March
2017 GEOkompakt, March
2017 Philosophie Magazin, January
2017 Kids Wear Magazine, Vol 44, Spring/Summer
2016 Monovisions, August
2016 Silvershotz, August
2016 CNN Photo, April
2016 Digital Photo Magazine, April
2016 BARBARA, April, 10 page spread
2016 Shots, Issue #131, Spring
2016 The Curated Fridge, March/April, Curator: Karen Haas
2016 Humble Arts Foundation, February, Winter, Curators: Jon Feinstein & Andy Adams
2016 Der Greif Magazine, Guest Room, Curator: Andy Adams
2016 Lensculture, February, Interview
2016 Adore Noir, February
2016 Lenscratch, February
2016 Black + White Magazine (UK), Cover, January
2015 Float Magazine, Sept
2015 Streit House Space, Only Human, Sept-Oct
2015 The Sun, Cover and 10 page spread, September 2015
2015 The Long Way Home, Volume 1
2015 Shots, Issue #129, Autumn
2015 Fraction Magazine, 7th Anniversary Edition. Issue 74, May
2015 Feature Shoot, Nostalgia-Inducing Photos, April 30
2015 Orion Magazine, May/June Issue
2015 Shots, Issue #127, Spring
2015 Ticka Arts, March
2015 F-Stop Magazine, Issue #69, March
2015 Phosmag, February
2014 2014 FLAKPhoto, Books of the Year 2014
2014 National Geographic, On Photographing Your Child, October 20
2014 Muybridge's Horse, October 9
2014 Feature Shoot, October 3
2014 Lenscratch, October 1
2014 Dodho Magazine, September
2014 Shots, Issue #125, Autumn
2014 National Geographic, How Close Can You Get, July
2014 National Geographic, The Un-Selfie: Taking Back The Self-Portrait, June
2014 Shots, Issue #124, Summer
2014 F-Stop Magazine, Issue #65, July, Featured Artist + Interview
2014 Blur Magazine, Issue #37, June/July
2014 National Geographic, Self-Portrait Story, May
2014 F-Stoppers, April
2014 Artist a Day, March 25
2014 The Swap, March
2014 Vieworld Photo Magazine #7, January
2013 F-Stop Magazine Issue #62, December
2013 Rfotofolio, November
2013 Tonelit, Issue #5, November
2013 Shots Magazine, Issue #121, Autumn
2013 Shots Magazine, Issue #120, Summer
2013 Lenscratch, February
2012 F-Stop Magazine, Issue #52, April

2017 WallSpace Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept-Nov
2016 The University of St. Francis Art Gallery, Oct-Dec
2016 Effingham Public Library, Dec 14 - Jan 21, Effingham, Illinois
2015 Kirkwood Community College, Iowa, Nov. 9- Dec 11
2015 Joe Sippers, Effingham, Illinois
2011 Joe Sippers, Effingham, Illinois

2017 Black & White, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, Juror: Ann M. Jastrab
2017 Toy Box-Inspiration Through Play, Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery, Summer
2016 Space, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
2016 Making Fact & Fiction, UTSA Gallery, University of Texas, Curator: Scott Sherer and Libby Rowe
2016 22nd Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA, Juror: Elizabeth Avedon
2016 Black & White, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, Juror: Rodney Smith
2016 Affinity, Amblewood Gallery, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, Curator: S. Gayle Stevens
2016 Context 2016, Filter Space, Chicago, Illinois, Curator: Jennifer Murray
2016 Ticka Arts 3rd Exhibition, Gray Matters, Dallas, Texas, Curator: Sonserre Gibson
2016 Time In:Refocusing on Motherhood, Elder Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, Curator: Larry Gawel
2015 28th Annual Member's Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Keith Carter
2015 Shrode Photograph Exhibition, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Juror: David R. Hanlon
2015 Field Study, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Juror: Katherine Ware and Meg T. Noe
2014 Critters, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, Juror: Anne Berry
2014 Black and White, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Juror: Karen Haas
2013 Backyard, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2013 PhotoNOLA Finale Slideshow, New Orleans, Louisiana
2013 Rural Impressions, New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, New York, Juror: Aline Smithson
2013 July (2 selected), A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, Juror: Christy Karpinski
2013 We Are Family (3 selected), Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, Juror: Chris Verene
2013 Open Water, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Virginia, Juror: Jennifer Schwartz
2013 The Magic of Light, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Juror: Aline Smithson
2013 The Family, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, Michigan, Juror: Aline Smithson
2012 The Unreal, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Virginia, Juror: Ken Rosenthal
2012 Alternate Realities, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Juror: Laura Moya
2012 Secrets and Mysteries (2 selected), Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, Juror: Catherine Edelman
2012 Spontaneous (3 selected), Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, Juror: Nikos Economopoulos
2005 Emergence, National Gallery, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
2004 Visions Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Bodytalk, National Gallery,Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
2003 Forces of Nature, National Gallery, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

2017 Lecturer, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE

My Life Creative, December, 2016, iTunes

The Sixth Sense, Collaborative project with Kristianne Koch Riddle

Society for Photographic Education
Filter Photo
Griffin Museum of Photography
Texas Photographic Society
Houston Center for Photography
Center for Fine Art Photography

2012 Half Marathon, Land Between the Lakes Trail Run, Grand Rivers, Kentucky
2009 Escaped a Burning Apartment Building and Saved my Family by Tying Bedsheets Together. Yes, it actually works!
2008 Silver Flora Medal, The Heritage Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, London
2007 Gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (by far my greatest accomplishment to date)