Mother-Daughter Press is based on the creative legacy and prolific work of Gay McDonnell Bumgarner. As a pioneer, and beloved eccentric she created a collection that allows the rest of us to grow, to contribute, and learn. Her friend, Fran Pope, said it best in her poem "What I Learned from Gay". In the spirit of Gay Bumgarner, we invite people to laugh, to ask questions, and to explore how the world works looking for ways it connects in beauty. We are a living artistic force including:

Gay pictureGay McDonnell Bumgarner (see Gay's Bio HERE). Gay was an internationally acclaimed landscape designer who then turned to full time photography. Click HERE to read a marvelous article about her from the Columbia Daily Tribune. In our websection called "stories" we have placed Poetry by Gay about her photography. Also see poems written for Gay by her friends HERE.

Sharon McDonnell MD MPH, daughter of Gay Bumgarner and the owner of Mother-Daughter Press. She is trained as a physcian, epidemiologist and public health practitioner. She specialized in international health and the social and cultural associations with Sharonwell-being. Her work with Mother-Daughter Press complements her interests in neurosciences, social epidemiology, visual ethnography and the connections between people and their world. Photography gave her a new way to love the natural world. But, it was the photography of her son and daughter that led to renaming the Natalyaagency thus emphasizes the living artistic procss and the future.

Natalya McDonnell, daughter of Sharon McDonnell, granddaughter of Gay Bumgarner, blessed with "good eye" and the willingness to do whatever is required to get the shot -- even lying in the paddock among the feet of three horses. Lovely horsewoman, artist, intuitive and photographer.


Hassan Iftin, web designer and computer support. Hassan is from Somalia and currently lives in Kenya. His hope is to re-start his college studies in the US in business and information technology.

Mel Reis, creative marketing innovator, gardener, musician, and photographer

Meet key contributing artists for Mother-Daughter Press