One thing I really love about photographing weddings is the unique honor I have to be there with a bride on one of the most important days of her life. I get to affirm her as well as calm her down, and help her to breath and take in each moment.
I think almost every couple I've photographed has first warned me with something like, "Be ready. We are extremely awkward in front of a camera," or "Good luck. I am not photogenic." I have come to enjoy this challenge and grin when they express, "You made it so easy. We felt so relaxed!"
It is so fun to capture the personality of the families I photograph, from the uniqueness of each member, tallest to smallest, to the the entire family unit. The joy for me is found in getting some nice family shots and then going beyond this to document the in-between moments that go even further to describe mom, dad, brothers and sisters.
Solo portraits are another favorite subject of mine when it comes to photography, notably for the chance it is to show someone just how beautiful they are. As I snap away and work to put my client at ease (often helped by preceding our session with happy hour), I search for ways to capture in a shutter each individual's unique persona and find their most striking angles.
Kids are on of my absolute favorite subjects to photograph. I simply follow them around and snap away as fast as I can while they run and jump and play in their colorful worlds of imagination. I can always count on the full range of emotion during a session, which makes it all the more interesting. There is virtually no posing involved as they are so candid and unconcerned with how they look or where they should put their arm or which way to tilt their head.
The magnolia flower is, needless to say, often repeated in my work. I find the grand magnolia particularly stunning for its cup-like petals of thick white and its striking silhouette against a dark backdrop of rich shadowed green and ochre leaves. To me, this flower represents boldness and purity.
From the time that I was a little girl to now, you'll still find me walking along the beach with my head down, as I comb the sand for seashells. The shells in my art have been collected from beaches around the world--Cannon Beach, Maui, Mexico, Thailand and Corsica. The seashell illustrations are drawn with pencil or painted with blueberry pigment then softened with dry pastel.
Many of these paintings merge my love for botany and fine art, studying a handful of the many plant varieties that I am particularly drawn to. While there is challenge in aiming for the precise and exact (this is my tendency), it takes a greater amount of effort for me to move away from the tailored and meticulous to a process that is free and non-calculating. The more playfully I applied the paint onto these birch panels the better they were executed. In this series, I also made a point to migrate towards more saturated colors, rather than muted tones and pastels, in which I usually rest.
Peach Icelandic Poppies. Acrylic on birch panel. 12 x 12 inches. Sold.
Gwen’s Bouquet. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x 48 inches. Sold.
Gwen’s Posey 1. Acrylic on birch panel. 18 x 18 inches. $250
Gwen’s Posey 2. Acrylic on birch panel. 18 x 18 inches. $290
Smokebush. Mixed media on birch panel (acrylic and oil pastel).13 x 20 x 3.75 inches. $325.
Kumquats on the Branch. Acrylic on birch panel. 48 x 60 inches. $850.
Café au Lait Dahlia. Acrylic on birch panel. 6 x 6 inches. Sold.
Bleu. Acrylic on birch panel. 36 x 36 inches. $700.
Nigella. Acrylic on birch panel. 12 x 12 inches. $230.
Wild Rose. Acrylic on birch panel. 12 x 12 inches. $275.
Japanese Anemone. Acrylic on birch panel. 6 x 6 inches. $155.
Black Icelandic Poppies. Acrylic on birch panel. 12 x 12 inches. $250.
Echinacea. Mixed media on birch panel (acrylic and ink). 5 x 5 inches. $140.
Cyclamen. Acrylic on birch panel. 27 x 20 x 3.75 inches. $450.
Coastline. Acrylic on birch panel. 12 x 12 inches. $325.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus. Acrylic on birch panel. 6 x 6 inches. Sold.
Scabiosa Pod. Mixed media on birch panel (acrylic, oil pastel and ink).6 x 6 inches. $150.
Maidenhair Fern. Mixed media on birch panel (acrylic and pressed fern). 5 x 5 inches. $145.
Dusty Miller. Acrylic on birch panel. 6 x 6 inches. $145.
Yarrow. Mixed media on birch panel (acrylic and oil pastel). 12 x 12 inches. Sold.
Cherry Tree. Acrylic on birch panel. 5 x 5 inches. $105.