I was practically born in a studio in Northern California. My mother was a painter so she used to take me with her to her studio where I was surrounded by wild, vibrant colors, and massive canvases. My dad was the one who introduced me to photography by lending me his Nikon F3 and from there I was hooked.

In high school, I attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (now called Innerspark), and this phenomenal program taught me something important: there are no limits with art. I received my B.A. in graphic design from Gallaudet University, with a strong emphasis in photogrpahy. For more information, go to:

Art is my orchestra: a resounding blend of visuals and feelings. It is my jubilation of a remedy, leading me deeper into the rabbit hole. Not one idea is a waste.

Photography is one part of what I do. To me, it is like a never-ending diary. When I look at the prints, they evoke the whens, the whys, the wheres, the whats, and the hows. Perhaps one would call this my visual form of psychoanalysis.

Doing my work also frees my thoughts and delivers many opportunities for happy accidents and beauty as the tools to finish the project.

It is no surprise to say as a deaf person that my greatest advantage is my most acute sense – my vision.

– Michelle McAuliffe