My Inspiration

Inspired by A Little Girl in Cuba

The Faith and Cuba Collection

What do Ernest Hemingway, Cuba, an American HR executive, an 89-year old woman, and a 10-year old girl have in common?  A dream.

I'm passionate about these photos because it all started when I met a 10 year old girl in Cuba in October 2015, outside of Ernest Hemingway's home, turning around, there she was. We walked awhile and talked in broken Spanish. I kept thinking about her. Two days later, in a city of one million, against the odds, I went back to find her.

I returned home to Kansas City and was inspired to raise money for her so she can have a better life. Cuba is a third world communist country where food is rationed and residents live in very poor conditions.  What could I do to raise money? At the same time I met her, I was going through a transformation, reconnecting with the faith from my own childhood. As an expression of my faith journey, I started taking pictures of crosses. Crosses in the urban core; the inner city; the suburbs, and rural areas - crosses everywhere. I had no intent to do anything with the photos, I was just compelled to take them. Through these photos I discovered the cross is life.

In early March 2016, five months after the thought of helping a little girl and going through my own spiritual journey, deepening my faith, the idea came - Amy, turn your photos into greeting cards to sell. Drawing closer to God, I thought maybe the photos could be the vehicle to help the little girl I met in Cuba.

The cross is a symbol that no matter what ones faith and belief we can all agree that the cross is a unifying symbol of faith.

The Rural Collection - Celebrating the Beauty of Rural America

These photos are special for me because they are from my grandparents farm in California, Missouri. Growing up my sister and I would spend a week each summer here and for Thanksgiving and other holidays. Some of my best memories are from times on the farm.

My grandmother sold the farm in 2015, after living in the same farmhouse for 72 years, staying after my grandfather passed.  Visiting her and the farm before she moved (one year prior to her passing), I couldn’t help but to take photos of all the natural beauty to capture.  Being a farm girl at heart with rural roots, I was so drawn to the images and want to share the beauty of rural America that I hold so dear.

Read more about the peacefulness of the farm on my blog here., titled Where is Your Peacefulness.