The Alba Series was created between 2008 and 2010, during a prolonged stay in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. In December 2008, I moved from the United States to Edinburgh to accompany my husband while he worked toward his MFA. This was the first time I had ever left the USA. The work I produced during this two-year stay is a reflection of my experiences and psychological reactions to this new environment. Combining portraiture, still life and landscapes, this series is heavily influenced by the incredibly rich historical presence in Scotland. Taking cues from the traditions of Old Master paintings, I photographed the people, places and objects of daily life to reflect my personal, day-to-day experience of living in Edinburgh and my fascination with the differences I found between Scottish culture and my American culture.
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