I joined VAA in 2006 and, as a photographer, was happy to find the company of artists from all media that are interested in artistic growth. I began to attend the monthly educational meetings and began volunteering. I was handed the task of finding exhibition venues and professional jurors. This allowed me to get familiar with that segment of the art community which is sometimes a mystery to most artists. Through those projects, I now consider Clint Willour, Jean Caslin, Diane Griffin, Sally Sprout, Keith Carter, Wayne Gilbert, Brian Portman and others friends of mine. Further, because of my relationship with Brookfield Properties (owners of Allen Center, Continental Plaza, Total Plaza, Heritage Plaza), I was offered the opportunity to curate the gallery within the Total Plaza building.