"I majored in art in high school and was accepted to Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. An illness prompted me to change course though, and I studied psychology and special education at Temple University instead. My interest in art stayed with me throughout a long and satisfying career working with disabled adults; and, while I continued studying drawing and painting, I found myself more and more interested in photography. I continued to study art in my spare time, but I was very grateful to be able to retire in 2006 and devote more time and energy to photography. Since then I have studied photography more seriously and most recently have taken up Photoshop artistry, which allows me to combine photography with other arts such as painting and drawing."
"Photography absorbs me like nothing else does. I lose track of time and don’t think about eating. It helps me see the world around me instead of letting it rush by, and it helps me share what I see. I find myself drawn to flowers – their colors and textures and the intricacies of the lines and patterns. There’s a special magic in backlit translucent petals. I also enjoy exploring the mundane and finding beauty and fascination where I wouldn't have expected it to be. Everyday things – things that I might not otherwise have taken the time to notice – can become fascinating, aesthetically pleasing, or dramatic when I imagine them through the lens of my camera. Photography helps focus my attention on a small piece of reality, separated from the other visual stimuli that normally surround and obscure it. Its inherent beauty then has a chance to be viewed and appreciated."
Rona's photos inspired Sandy Reay to write two poems, "The Old Iron Hinge," which was published on CowboyPoetry.com, and "My Dream."