Thanks to urgings from street photog Sharron Demarest I entered the 19th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. On Sunday while out photographing eagles in southwest Florida Sharron called not once but twice. First she called to share that I won an honorable mention for my nature series. Then she called back again. She just discovered that I won the bigger prize, the Best in Category for Landscape and Seascapes. This series of images are posted above. This is a huge international contest for women photographers. Honored to be selected by jurist Barbara Davidson, three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning photographer/ director as well as past recipient of this award.
Pictured Top to Bottom, L to R:
Early Morning Fog
Milky Way Over Casperson Beach
Moon Over the Marsh
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It all started with "Light in the Forest". Longtime collector and friend saw it just as I was taking it down at a recent solo exhibit. Within less than a week the next three images were selected. So blessed to have these fine art photographs now gracing her newly renovated home.
Light in the Forest, 24" x 36" on metal
Yosemite Daybreak, 30" x 60" on metal (my largest printed work to date)
Early Morning Fog, 24" x 36" on metal
Tree and Stream, 21" x 42" on metal
"The entry attached has won our REPTILE category! This is a beautiful photo, and we are thrilled you chose to share it with us!"
- Carolina Montano, Director of Outreach and Volunteer Services
It was an honor to submit an entry for the South Florida Wildlife Center's photography contest earlier this year. I've had the privilege to visit the center and see the care and healing they provide for injured wildlife throughout the greater South Florida area. Once my neighbor recovered a young chick that fell out of its nest and took it to the center.
About the photo: Mother Alligator with her young hatchling stretched out across her head. For me it's a reflection of motherhood, only in an animal species many fear. Symbolically this image represents a mother's nature to support, protect and, literally, uplift their young giving them the best opportunity to survive and hopefully thrive.
More in the Wildlife Collection
Recently had opportunity to drive to Florida's west coast and visit the Collector's Gallery and Framery which represents my works there. Leah, the owner, feel in love with "Attracting" and asked me to have it printed so she could hang if on the wall. This was my first time seeing it printer and I must admit I fell in love with it myself. Printed on metal the Great Heron looks like satin standing out among the twigs and leaves in its natural environment. The piece measuring 35 x 37 inches is titled "Attracting" because that is exactly what's going on here. In its breeding plumage, this male heron is "strutting" its stuff as in pose showing off it's beautiful self with the intention of attracting a mate. "Attracting" is on display along with some of the other pieces from my collection carried by the gallery on "my wall".
If you're in Venice, FL or nearby, hope you'll take a moment and check him out along with "Early Morning Fog, Milky Way Over the Keys and Louie. Or, contact me for more info on "Attracting," other images from the "WingedLife Collection" or other pieces.
"Intersection of Art and Healing" Big Thank You to Arts Editor Lucy Arnold for this feature in the Spring 2022 issue of The Pen Women magazine for the 22 works acquired by Cleveland Clinic in Weston. If you are at the Weston location, please take a peak in the Women's Center waiting room to see some of the piece. Others are in the examination rooms. Honored and Grateful.
New collectors from Florida's west coast are enjoying "Peacock," 12" x 12" on metal framed in black. See more from the 12x12 Collection.
Top: "Rosie" 24"x36" on metal; Bottom: "Pretty in Pink" 16"x24" on metal
Perhaps the most stunning exhibit I've ever hung. Saturday we installed the Annual Juried Exhibit of the National League of American Pen Women-Fort Lauderdale Branch featuring 58 artworks from 31 amazing women artists. I'm feeling tickled pink that both of my pieces were juried into this fine exhibit. On exhibit until end of April at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33019. Let me know if you'd like to visit together.
Many of my earlier works, printed on photograpy paper, matted and framed are on exhibit in my latest solo exhibit "Photographs By Phoenix" at the new Parkland Library, 6620 N University Dr, Parkland, FL. Most of the 25 works on display are limited edition pieces being offered at special prices. The show includes birds, wildlife, lanscapes, waterscapes, sunrise/sunset, Everglades and even a favorite piece taken in Ireland. It also includes my first award-winning photograph, "Tree at Sunset," that happened to win 1st Place and inspired me to embrace my path as a conservation photographer. If you're local, would love to give you a personal tour. If any of these nature wonders speaks to you, please let me know and we can discuss how to get it to you. Thanks for viewing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Excited to share that several of my images in the growing National Parks Collection will be featured in the "America the Beautiful" solo exhibit at the Cleveland Clinic in Coral Springs. This is my first time exhbiting here. Honored to be invited and that my art brings the sense of peace and healing to so many. 5701 North University Drive, Coral Springs, Florida 33067
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