ORIGINAL FINE ART & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA COSTELLO
When it comes to the art of a greeting card, ecards cannot replace a hand-written sentiment. There’s magic that goes into selecting and composing your special note. This is where the DRAMARTFUL collection of nature-inspired greeting cards comes in!
All of my cards are folded and blank inside, measuring 5” x 7” and 5” x 5.” Striking images of landscapes, flowers, rain drops, and birds fly off the card stock which comes in exquisite glossy, satin, and pearl finish.
These products are sourced using eco responsible practices. They make excellent, affordable gifts. Personalized greetings and messages are available. There’s something here for everyone!
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Having sold well over 100 cards in the first nine months, and gotten wonderful feedback from customers and recipients, I’m happy to fill the gap for beautiful, memorable, original, non-cheesy stationery.
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GOLDEN FLAMES OF FALL
This abstract of golden trees looks especially striking on metallic stock!
A FEW FAVORITES
From left to right: Good Vibes Painterly Hydrangea, Cheerleaders, Orchid Poetry, Cardinal Portrait, Having Too Much Fun.
WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING
PENNSYLVANIA AUTUMN REFLECTIONS
Nothing says Fall like rows of yellow and orange mums!
I LOVE how this dandelion shimmers in the light! The details of each parachute are mind-blowing. How can something so ordinary look so magical? This is a perfect card for any occasion. Its Latin name, Taraxacum erythrospermur, means “the official remedy for disorders.”
LATE SUMMER ADDITIONS!
Three latest summer-inspired additions: “Cosmos with a Bling,” “Million Pieces” & “Happy Birthday, Beautiful!”
GOOD VIBES PAINTERLY HYDRANGEA
Here are two of my favorite specimen - a juvenile American goldfinch and Cooper’s hawk, hanging out… a little too close for the former and not close enough for the latter.
IF EVER TWO WERE ONE
I customized this card for a friend’s son’s wedding. We put her favorite poem on the cover and a beautiful sentiment inside. This elegant card is on thick metallic stock and has a pearl shimmer in the light, making it a perfect choice for the occasion.
STEAM PUNK ROSE
One of my rules is to limit my images to one edit. But I love this rose from Balboa Gardens so much that I created four versions of it. Because what else are rules for if not to be broken? This particular edit came to me at night, and took most of it. I designed this card for my mother-in-law’s milestone birthday. She is lovely, loving, elegant, and classy. So the title does not match the occasion. But then again, who said it has to?
SUBLIME - LIGHTS ON
HOVERFLY IN LALALAND
HAVING TOO MUCH FUN
One of customer favorites, here’s more crazy fun with floral abstracts and metallic shimmer!
WHAT, NEVER SEEN A FROG?
GET YOUR DROPS IN A ROW
THE DAFFODIL PARTY
AN UNFORGETTABLE TULIP
THIS IS NUTS
SUNNY DAY ON A LILY POND
IRIS SEA - STORMY
MORECAMBE LIGHTHOUSE AT SUNSET
SAILBOATS ON LAKE WINDERMERE
AT AUTUMN'S DOORSTEP
JENKINS ARBORETUM AUTUMN POND REFLECTIONS
Whether as a card or an 8x10 frame, this image makes a stunning gift for a fellow nature lover.
STUNNING RED SPOTTED PURPLE
AMBIENCE AND TRANQUILITY
AMERICAN ROBIN IN AUTUMN
BLUE JAY SELECTIVE COLOR BLUE BORDER
HANUKKAH CARD - HEART OF THE OCEAN
BLUE JAY SELECTIVE COLOR
CHRISTMAS TREE ABSTRACT
RED-LEAF JAPANESE MAPLE
RED CARDINAL IN THE SNOW
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE BW
CARDINAL ON A FENCE
CAN I HELP YOU?
ONE WINTER MORNING
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Drops, Bugs, Macro
I enjoy photographing both wildlife and landscapes, but I'm also a huge fan of macro. Shallow depth of field allows me to minimize distractions and get to know my subjects intimately.
I like to be able to see every piece of hair on the spider's leg. Yes, creepy crawlers are very much a part of my portfolio because I think they're awesome. Arachnophobes: consider yourselves warned!
“A Drop of Magic,” which kicks off this collection, is my latest macro ensemble. My models were a few gorgeous perennials from my garden, as well as some household items. The shoot was done using my iPhone 7 and Olloclip.
I hope you enjoy this fun, wet, reflective macro world and perhaps notice something new in a water drop…
Every tiny creature has a story to tell. I love learning and sharing it. Sure, I "shoot" people too. But, unlike people, these guys never complain about looking "fat."
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A DROP OF MAGIC 7
Colors in this beautiful macro pick up the wall color and pillow accents, adding magic to your space.
A DROP OF MAGIC 4
Here’s a collage to help you visualize how this magic would look on your walls. =)
A DROP OF MAGIC 5
This is a drop of magic captured on the tip of one of the hyacinthtoides. Gracing my shady garden every spring, these lilac perennials from the bluebell family translate beautifully into wall décor.
A DROP OF MAGIC 1
Trapped in one of the hyacinthoides, or bluebells, a waterdrop pops against the fuchsia backrop. Bold and unusual, this macro is an ideal accent for a neutral space.
HOVERFLY IN LALALAND
Summer means fun, and nothing spells fun like this hoverfly enjoying itself in the beautiful, thick lilacs and greens of my latest sunny garden addition, stonecrop.
A DROP OF MAGIC 2
TEAR DROP - GREEN
One big rain drop, captured just in time as it moisturized my hosta leaf! Loving the lines and play of light and shadow here. Bringing beauty and inspiration, this print makes another excellent décor or gift idea!
GET YOUR DROPS IN A ROW
Online photo contest winner and recipient of much praise, this refreshing square semi-abstract snapped with my iPhone 7 and Olloclip shows a row of four rain drops of varying sizes lining a hosta leaf. This one walks a fine line between macro and minimalism, dividing the negative space into yellow and green. It's a wonderful addition to any space, from kids' rooms to bedrooms, kitchens, spas, office spaces, and waiting rooms.
This was one of those images I sat on for months, forgot about, and - somewhere along my editing process - re-discovered. I kept going back and forth, not sure what to do with it or if I even wanted to do anything with it. And then I had my Eureka moment!
STUNNING RED-SPOTTED PURPLE
My Tamron 16-300 mm F3.5 lens allowed me to capture the beautiful detail of this Red spotted purple butterfly basking in the afternoon sun. But for the life of me I can't figure it out why they call it purple because it's blue!
The dreamy mustard yellows, lilacs, and pinks of this showy stonecrop macro abstract will accentuate the walls of any modern abode beautifully.
NATURE'S PEARL EARRINGS
Mother Nature is the best jewelry designer, isn’t she? While getting out of the car one afternoon, I noticed how beautiful some of the drops looked hanging off the berries of this giant holly tree in our neighborhood. So I ran home, grabbed my Olloclip and got to work. It only took 14 years to open my eyes. The result is this pearl earring, processed as a vintage painting. It will make a gorgeous gift, accent for your home or book cover.
BEE POLLINATING RHODODENDRON
After an exhausting pursuit one hot and humid spring morning, even my lens started sweating. So glad this busy little guy finally decided to give me a break! And I managed to snap this beautiful photo without getting stung!
BEE POLLINATING CAMPANULA
On my way back from dropping my boys off at summer camp, I came upon a field of beautiful campanula, or little bells. As I was trying to get the best angle on the flower with my best friend Canon Compact 50mm f/2.5 EF, an unexpected visitor appeared on "my" flower. This is how I ended up with one of my favorite shots from summer 2016.
INSECT ON MINT FLOWER
It may be feeding on the mint flower while I'm feeding my macro obsession!
BEE POLLINATING BLUE SALVIA
Here's a 2015 favorite. Blue salvia has been a life saver in terms of both aesthetics and low maintenance! Every summer this hardy perennial fills my back garden with deep blues and purples. Bumblebees love it too!
I'm glad I'm not allergic to wasp stings as I’m constantly chasing these little buzzy things around my yard! Imagine how cool this wonderful, fresh garden-scape would look in your home or office!
SILKY THREADS OF SPRING
I have no idea what this is called. It caught my attention because it was so unusual and almost ethereal. Luckily, I had my macro lens with me.
Here's another nod to macro photography. I love how bright fuchsia pops against the smooth bokeh, showing off every little detail. I took this picture right before the blizzard. Last thing anybody expected on March 3rd, but it's not like it hadn't snowed in April!
I probably would've kept on walking if it wasn't for the overpowering fragrance which made me stop and get this shot.
I can't remember how long I was crouched in front of this shrub wondering if I'd just planted myself in poison ivy...But I got my shot, so it was all worth it.
This image was created using a lot of bizarre Yoga...
As I was walking back home from dropping off my little guy at school, rain drops were sparkling at me from the pavement. I ran home and grabbed my macro lens.
PORTRAIT OF A HOVERFLY
Hoverflies, also known as flower or syrphid flies, belong to the insect family Syrphidae. They are microscopic, fast moving insects which makes them very difficult to capture. This one was particularly challenging as I had to get down on the ground. I used my iPhone 7 and Olloclip, and added texture and border in post-processing to achieve this painterly portrait effect. I find the detail on their rainbow-colored wings especially fascinating.
EBONY JEWELWING (MALE)
I've always been fascinated by dragonflies and damselflies. Their stunning color and elegance makes them a precious addition to my website. They are also some of my most challenging subjects, which is why it's a huge treat to be able to watch and capture them in all their whimsical glory!
EBONY JEWELWING (FEMALE)
I was happy to have been able to spend some time watching this graceful lady. She was a very cooperative model.
Was definitely in the air when I captured this couple of Japanese beetles adhering to Mother Nature's protocol in Wilson Farm Park in July of '16.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Did I mention I'm into macro photography? When was the last time you got this close to something long and hairy crawling along your fence? =)
AMBASSADOR OF SUMMER
As I'm uploading one of my summer files on March 10th 2017, there's still snow on the ground here in southeastern Pennsylvania. Framed by the salvia from my garden, this beautiful cabbage white butterfly is a reminder that warmer days aren't far ahead.
It's a real treat to be able to capture something as whimsical as a butterfly, let alone catch one in flight!
Banded hairstreak is a territorial butterfly which challenges invaders. Missing parts of the wings may be battle wounds. Beautiful little things, eager to pose. This warrior stuck around, enjoying my lantana nectar. Butterfly portrait in fuchsia and green has been processed in a dreamy glaze square with border. It has a vintage feel and makes an ideal choice for greeting cards, home goods and more.
The year was 2012, the place was Valley Forge Park, the camera - my old faithful Canon Rebel T1i. This gorgeous eastern tiger swallowtail became my first "professional" butterfly. Love how its eye-popping, open wings add a spark of summer to home decor!
Since I had a multitude of butterfly images, I decided to have some fun. This rendition was inspired by my love for Christmas ornaments and the outdoors. It could be an ornament, a brooch, or even a puzzle. When imagination meets editing software, the possibilities are endless. This central composition with interesting texture and metallic sheen gives this piece a 3-D effect. It looks excellent on all of the featured items. I hope you enjoy this treasure and consider illuminating your home or office interior with it. Who knows? It may help get your own creative juices flowing and even put you in the holiday spirit. =)
MONARCH IN FLIGHT
Just when I thought I was going to have to contend with shooting spider webs, a pleasant surprise was waiting for me: a monarch butterfly! My first of this species, my preciousss, monarch possibly owes its name to King William III of England. This beauty was in no hurry to leave and gave me plenty of time to get my shot. As usual, out of hundreds of frames, there's one that you can stick on the wall. =)
SMALL, WHITE, BEAUTIFUL
As the summer refused to give up, I spotted this Small white butterfly camouflaged amidst white wildflowers one warm October afternoon.
Winner of multiple online photo contests, this image radiates understated simplicity and grace. High contrast between the glowing white daisy and the black backdrop, with a soft ray of light projecting on to the butterfly from above, transform her into the star of the show. The Painted lady's wardrobe is coordinated with her environment, as the wings pick up the contrast as well as bright oranges. I cropped it to a square format to focus on my subject. Shallow depth of field allows the viewer to appreciate this portrait with minimum distractions. My Sony a7II and FE 2.8/70-200 GM OSS lens continue to impress with excellent image quality. Sharpness is critical for macro, and here it allows us to enjoy the subtle textures of the butterfly's wings and the flower. She patiently hung around until I completed my session, posing in various angles and light. Moments like these are precious, and a nature photographer can't ask for more. This sophisticated piece will strike a cord with fans of wildlife, minimalist and modern décor.
PAINTED LADY ON SHASTA DAISY
PEARL CRESCENT BUTTERFLY
While all the other soccer moms were taking pictures of their kids, this one was taking pictures of butterflies. In my defense, he plays every week.
ITSY BITSY SPIDER
Crawled up on my front door =) This one looks like a barn spider. They are harmless and in fact quite useful. Male spiders are smaller than females. They spend most of their lives on the couch with a can of beer and TV remote...I mean wandering around looking for a mate while the female spins the web and does all the work. Typical!
I know at least one person who'll appreciate this - not! =) But, as I'm into all creatures, big and small (exception: mice, rats and anything that can crawl into the tiniest of spaces, run across the kitchen floor and SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF YOU), I couldn't walk by this cool looking little dude sprawled across one of my shrubs and acting like he owns the place. He has been magnified for your viewing pleasure.
TARNISHED PLANT BUG
GOLD CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
No need to drive to Atlantic City. All I did was open my front door. =)
WHALES OF WINTER
This image was inspired by my love for winter, the color blue and dreams of visiting Alaska...
DOLPHINS, RAINBOWS AND ICICLES
SAND DUNES AND FROST FLAKES
THROUGH MY FROSTY WINDOW
I’m typically in a rush in the morning since mornings are just not my thing. But no amount of chaos can stop me from looking, and noticing. This was just another crazy (and cold!!!) morning when I was running late, but I kept my car in park, pulled out my iPhone, and snapped this amazing macro abstract just as the heat was melting the fairy tale view.
Icicle diamonds are this girl’s best friend. =)
Another cool thing about winter macro photography is I get to invent silly new names. =)
Like a burrito, only with ice. =)
IN HER HAPPY BUBBLE
I used an old piece of plastic filled with soap water and added texture in post processing to create this macro treasure.
Turns out, there’s a whole zoo out there in the winter time that I wasn’t aware of! =)
AMETHYST - INTIMATE
I haven’t identified the species yet, but I see a profile of a horned beast holding its paw out as if asking or offering something…
AMETHYST - SUMMIT
Ideal for bedrooms, spas, and waiting rooms, this collage of macro images depicting icy and snowy branches will breathe a chilly calm into your surroundings.
AEMETHYST - COMET
These special memories were created using various equipment, starting with my Canon Rebel T1i and Canon 70D, to my current beast: Sony a7II, and point & clicks in-between. Once in a while I'll even use my iPhone7. Camera matters, but in the end it's all about the lens...I mean you.
All seasons are beautiful, but some are more special than others. When it comes to choosing my absolute favorite, it’s a tough call between winter and autumn. Ok, if I REALLY had to pick, it would have to be winter.
When most people think “December,” they automatically picture canceled flights, school and business closings, having to stock up on milk and shovel the driveway. I see it as magic, a chance to go ice skating, sledding with my boys and add something amazing to my portfolio. See this amazing season through my lens!
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AUTUMN SUN AND SHADOWS
A fairy-tale like autumn scene features sun shining through the tree tops, casting deep shadows on the lawn. Processed for a painterly effect, this magical scene captures a fragment of the beautiful Pennsylvania seasons. Ideal for home or office décor, the image comes in a variety of other products.
PENNSYLVANIA SUMMER REFLECTIONS
It's a fine line between reality and illusion...Captured in one of the parks in southeastern Pennsylvania and transformed into a photo-painting, this idyllic nature-scape will invigorate both your personal and professional space.
BEECH TREES OF VALLEY FORGE 1
While out for a hike with a friend in Valley Forge one afternoon, I noticed the light coming through the beech trees. This is one of a couple of shots I took, aimed at capturing the amazing silver light peeking through the golden tree tops. It creates a wonderful ambience on this exposed brick wall.
If you think the reflection in this perfectly still pond is amazing, you should hear the echo! I wouldn't mind retiring some place like this. Some say it gets old, but I doubt I'd ever miss civilization. Would you?
A playful rendition on a usual theme of yellow leaves in the sky.
GOLDEN FLAMES OF FALL
"Golden Flames of Fall" is a photographic semi-abstract rendered as an oil painting. Looking magical and uplifting with a sense of movement, this tree-scape is bound to light up your space.
PENNSYLVANIA AUTUMN REFLECTIONS
This image showing a gorgeous fall landscape with reflections was taken in one of the parks in southeastern Pennsylvania. The year was 2013 and all I had on me that afternoon was an old flip phone. That's right! Five years later I’m armed with a Sony a7II and a wide angle 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. Yet this is still one of my absolute favorites. Stunning 20x30 metal print is a conversation starter at exhibits.
AT AUTUMN'S DOORSTEP
This is a painterly canvas digital rendition of my photograph which was taken during peak season in southeastern Pennsylvania. I often pass this way, but there's never enough time to pull over. Until one day I made the time.
For those of us who thrive on contrast, there is no better playground than autumn! Cascading amber leaves drape this tree, glowing brightly against its silhouette and the backdrop of a blue house. This low-key vertical makes for a magical autumn scene.
A VIEW OF AUTUMN
Glancing at fall from behind a gazebo in Wayne, Pennsylvania, one can see an array of colors and textures. Mixed with soft light bouncing off the wood, they create a painterly effect. A splash of red bushes in the background adds a dramatic element to this rustic scene.
I captured this rusty old bridge over Valley Creek in November 2016. Returning from a hike, I noticed the perspective formed by the lines, leading towards the deep red shrubs. They looked particularly striking under the blue sky. This low-key rendition with deep shadows gives the scene a bit of mystery, making this fall-scape a lovely touch to your living room décor.
BEAUTIFUL GARDEN BY THE LAKE
Afternoon light illuminates a scenic garden path at Lake Placid. Multi-colored cosmos and other summer perennials lead the way. On the other side of the path are the evergreens and in the distance - smoky Adirondacks. This botanically-inspired image is ideal for surrounding yourself with the beauty of the outdoors, and transforming your décor and mood.
ILLUMINATED WOODLAND PATH
It’s always about chasing the magic light...that’s what I did as we made our way back down to the bottom of Cobble Hill in the Adirondack mountains. This was after we got to witness some spectacular views from the top of some 2,300 ft. high hill. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better! A print of this magical scene is ideal for creating the outdoors-y ambience indoors.
VALLEY CREEK SUNSET - PORTRAIT
Metallic golds and blues dance in the creek as I stand on the little bridge looking over the frozen embankment. I'd been waiting for the right moment, light, season. It only takes one click to redeem a decade long wait. I love the color palette and the serenity it brings. This scenery is ideal for your bedroom, office, waiting room or any space which invites peaceful reflection.
VALLEY CREEK SUNSET - LANDSCAPE
Valley Creek runs through Valley Forge and is one of my favorite local spots to hike and photograph, especially in fall and winter. This is one of the scenes I shot from the bridge, featuring a soothing combination of golden ripples and cold blues. This winter-scape will make a beautiful addition to your home or office as well as holiday card.
A WINTER'S WALK
Rendered as an oil painting, this image shows silhouettes of trees poking against the dramatic evening sky and snowy ground.
A shot of snowy branches captured outside my window, with edits for extra magic. =)
WINTER MORNING GLOW
Chasing that magical morning light in freezing temperatures...what can be more exciting?
ONE WINTER MORNING
An unexpected turn of events took place when I noticed these berries pop against the morning wintry glow. Having originally picked this location for a landscape shoot, I ended up with this macro-landscape. It's now one of my favorites, drawing the eye in and creating a beautiful mood. This image is also available as a holiday card.
Serenity is a stone's throw away from my house.
WINTER'S GENTLE HAND
Like a gentle hand, snow frames branches of trees just outside my house. It's such a beautiful, peaceful scenery. I'll take it over the beach anytime! =)
Trees dance as the snow falls, light gently seeping through the tree tops.
What can I say? I'm a winterholic. I stay out for as long as it takes to capture the magic. What about my fingers? I'll just stick them under hot water and go make myself a cup of tea.
LEBANESE CEDAR ROWTON CASTLE
Revisiting this majestic tree, which grows in front of Rowton Castle. It's a central feature of the gardens and a staple backdrop for wedding photography. One such photo is hanging in our living room. Unfortunately, the health of this Lebanese cedar has deteriorated since our last visit in 2013. It's sad to see such a symbolic giant succumb to time. But the magical memories connected to Rowton Castle live on. This edit is nostalgia wrapped around past glory.
What better way to capture the beauty of the seasons than to photograph the same spot four times a year? I find myself especially drawn to this place because of the magical perspective created by the corridor of trees. Looking into it is like an opening into another dimension. Combined with rich color and texture, the light adds even more interest to this surreal landscape.
I grew up surrounded by vibrant colors and rich textures. Whether it was China or textiles, I always craved blue. Midnight blue, silver and white were my wedding colors. By looking at Midnight Tapestry I get to relive some of the happiest moments.
THE GARDEN OF CRABAPPLE
I absolutely LOVE the mood created by this idyllic garden! It’s bound to breathe freshness and light into any room, making spring eternal.
A STROLL THROUGH SPRING
DOGWOOD IN SPRING BREEZE
Is it just me or is it like looking through a window? Dogwood moves gently in the wind on a clear April afternoon, light bouncing off the beautiful blooms. This image will make an inspiring addition to your home, greeting card or gift!
SPRING LAMP IN BLOOM
Created in April of 2019, this beautiful combination of mauve and teal is bound to liven up your décor and mood!
WELCOMING ENGLISH SKIES
SUMMER AFTERNOON ON LAKE WINDERMERE
SAILBOATS ON LAKE WINDEREMERE
CURTAIN OVER THE POND
PINK BRANCHES OVER WATER
Gardening was how it all started for me. I figured if I can't fight all the deer, rabbits and chipmunks who turn my plants into some Halloween-came-early movie set, I might as well turn them into my subjects.
Eastern Pennsylvania's abundant flora and fauna lends itself to unlimited creative opportunities. All you need is desire to become a part of it. So if you are a budding nature enthusiast, get out there and expect the unexpected!
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STEAM PUNK ROSE
Creamy highlights of the rose petals, interwoven with the mauves and pinks against the dark teal and bronze vintage backdrop, complement the neutral palette of this room, creating a nostalgic look.
The difference between uploading an image (yawn) and a furnished room with my image, framed and hanging on the wall, is the difference between imagining your dream home and living in it.
CLASSIC HYDRANGEA STILL LIFE
STAR OF BETHLEHEM
I’m deliberately kicking off my floral collection with an unlikely specimen. Would you ever think that something this beautiful is a weed let alone candidate for your walls? Indeed, this Star of Bethlehem is an unwanted visitor in your yard but I think captured in the right light and from the right angle it can truly transform your home. After all, seeing the beauty in the ordinary is what DRAMARTFUL is all about.
This gorgeous 27”x30” gallery wrap canvas now adorns a home office of a new customer. She’s been staring at an empty wall, searching for that one special piece. She fell in love with “Ethereal” the moment she saw it, especially taken by the translucent petals. That’s the essence of art: it has to speak to you. Thank you, Brenda! May this artwork bring inspiration!
I love how the red pops against the dull bark. Context is minimal, and the flowers look radiant in isolation. This playful tulip duo adds a punch of color and fun to this otherwise formal space.
"Otherworldly" is another favorite from my low-key exercise one rainy April afternoon. Looking at it makes me feel content, and it's not often that self-critical artists have the luxury of making such a statement. Adorned in diamond drops, vibrant tulip and blue giant sparkle like stars amidst the pitch black. This bold yet elegant image will strike a cord with fans of the outdoors and contemporary décor. I couldn’t have picked a better display for my image. Let the fire of beauty light up your home and heart!
A variation on the theme, this striking low-key floral, rendered in expressionist style, is about balance of color and texture. High contrast with spot highlights draws the eye to the dynamic between red and white tulips, emphasizing difference in size and stature. This dramartful floral will add a unique touch to your décor.
I decided to try something different and ventured into the dusk after rain, hence the extra glow and droplets on the flowers. My full-frame camera and wide-angle zoom lens allow me to play outdoors a lot later than my previous equipment. After hovering over the flowerbed in all kinds of un-lady like poses, I ended up with a pretty cool series. Thanks to a lone street lamp, this one looks like it was shot in daylight. The movement, color and mood of this bold impressionist semi-abstract reminds me of cheerleaders. Extra texture gives it a look of an oil painting. Whether a tote or a card, this eye-popping tulip-scape is bound to make a statement!
Red is the color of power, passion, and love. Nothing says intensity like this eye-popping tulip macro!
ONE UNFORGETTABLE TULIP
Gorgeous red tulip pops against the blur of greenery, making it an excellent choice for wall décor or a birthday card!
REDY FOR SPRING
This is another one of my earlier favorites. The contrast between the sharpness of the bright red tulip in the foreground and perfectly blurred out background (bokeh) full of deep greens and purples give this image a 3-D effect.
A variation on the tulip theme, this one was caught slightly open. I love the bold colors, clean lines and of course the contrast =)
DREAMING IN COLOR
This gorgeous tulip comes from my "garden." This image was one of my earlier experiments with macro photography. Shot in 2015 using an old Canon EOS Rebel T1i and my favorite 50mm lens.
Fans of all things whimsical will appreciate the softness of the pink azalea branches reaching into the sky. This still life abstract looks gorgeous both as wall décor and greeting card!
YELLOW GERBERA DAISY
Vibrant, exciting, happy, bold, and fresh are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind whenever I look at this stunning macro of one of my all-time summer favorites. If you think it looks good on your iPhone screen, just wait till you see it on a card!
This flaming macro abstract of one of my tulips will decorate your walls and delight your heart!
This is one of my favorite pieces. Elegance and power wrapped in one stunning flower.
Because what else is there to do at 5 AM if not create irresistible masterpieces that look too good on every imaginable product to pass up?
GOOD VIBES PAINTERLY HYDRANGEA
This is a classic still life arrangement of hydrangea flowers from my garden. Some of the shoots are faded from the brutal heat we've had, but still look beautiful. The blue bunch are still in their "prime." Together they create a pleasing balance. This artwork is rendered in the style of abstract impressionism, with rich texture and vivid palette. This floral is a real visual treat, ideal for decorating and as a gift.
STILL LIFE HYDRANGEA TREASURES
Make your walls fun, bold, and exciting with this stylized rendition of still life hydrangea!
SUMMER RAINBOW HYDRANGEA ABSTRACT
Imagine reading your favorite book or catching up with a friend while soaking up the happy vibe of this space!
NOT JUST ANY HYDRANGEA
WRITTEN BY THE RAIN
Poetry is written by the rain as drops bedazzle this weightless hydrangea flower. This dreamy macro will create wonderful ambience in a bedroom, spa or waiting room as well as make an elegant greeting card, textile or other gift.
SUMMER FLEW BY
My pink and blue hydrangea is a perfect accent piece for the playful, two-toned wall paper. The image picks up the whimsy of the room beautifully!
HER SUMMER MAJESTY
Let it be known that summer 2019 was responsible for yet another glorious hydrangea image!
BLUE HYDRANGEA ABSTRACT
This abstract of blue hydrangea in a simple square white frame is like a window into another world, except the world is very much real. and waiting to be discovered.
This is a close up of the New Guinea Impatient I plant every summer in the pot outside my front door. My house faces north, and they do remarkably well in the shade. Just like red adds a punch of color to my garden, it can spice up your room!
There's an interesting story that comes with this image. It involved picking my boys up from camp, taking them back home, driving back out to the location of these beautiful lilies which had been calling my name all summer, trying to find reasonable parking, and followed by hiking with my beast of a camera in insane heat. What can I say? The end result was worth the logistical nightmare!
PEPPERMINT SURPRISE LILY
After staring at this gorgeous garden all summer, I had to come back with the camera. It wasn't easy trying to time my shots in-between the busy traffic, but I did it!
ALMOST A ROSE
RAIN DROPS ON COSMOS
As I always say, be sure to bring your camera. You never know when inspiration may strike. It struck me outside my old gym one hot summer afternoon. It was a spur of the moment and one I'm very proud of.
FIELD OF DREAMS
It's hard not to notice this fire lily pop from the snowy field. This image makes me happy whenever I look at it!
A SENTIMENTAL TOUCH
Inspiration struck at around 3AM as another old image was about to be relegated to the dustbin of history. I suddenly got transported back to 1980s Moscow, decorating "New Year's" tree with one of my favorite Christmas ornaments, a two-toned flower. My second source of inspiration came from a recent trip to a furniture store where a couple of gold-painted landscapes caught my eye.
BLUSHING IN THE WIND
Something on the dreamy side...
A FLEETING MOMENT
Once upon a time yours truly decided to go on a hike along the local trails with another photographer friend. The rest is history...
A SPLENDID SAKURA BRANCH
SNOWFLAKES ON PURPLE CROCUS
FIRST BREATH OF SPRING
Hyacinths are among some of my favorite spring bulbs. They're vibrant, fragrant, hardy and make for excellent fresh cut arrangements. Every spring I try to get a little bit closer hoping to unlock their mystery.
RAINING ELEGANCE OF SPRING
PORTRAIT OF A STAR
I love blue hyacinth, and I love macro photography. I had so much fun with this!
Guess my favorite color? =)
GRAPE HYACINTH ABSTRACT
When I came upon this patch of Russian Sage separating buildings of a corporate development, I immediately knew I wanted to create an abstract. Dusk was setting, and I was drawn by the contrast between the blue and white flowers against the dark backdrop. I especially enjoy creating striking, moody pieces using my favorite color: blue.
GORGEOUS DOG VIOLET
Virginia Bluebell is a throwback to childhood. I remember being drawn to its vibrant pinks and purples peeking through the busy shrubbery. I was happy to re-discover it here and planted it as a centerpiece in my little patch of dirt. Calling it a "garden" is a major overstatement, but some hardier stuff thrives even in heavy clay soil...when it doesn't get annihilated by the local wildlife that is.
My dreamy model comes from my garden and is yet another reminder that beauty can be found all around us...
I dug up this image while going through my old gardening photos. Back in 2010 I didn't know much about gardening or photography. =)
No botanical garden here: just a parking lot. :-)
My first encounter with this striking flower was summer 2016. This is Hypericum perforatum, known as perforate St John's-wort, common Saint John's wort and St John's wort. It's a flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. Not only is it gorgeous but it also has a high medicinal value due to its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties, among others. One of my favorite floral macros, this purple-yellow beauty will illuminate your space.
Although unremarkable at the beginning, pokeweed can be quite beautiful once it matures. Despite high levels of toxicity and potential danger to humans and animals, this plant is a food source to some bird species, such as gray catbird, northern mockingbird and northern cardinal. Pokeweed is native to eastern North America, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast and can grow up to 8 feet. Despite its bad reputation among farmers, it has a history of being used in cooking, fashion, traditional medicine and even biomedical research.
AFTER THE RAIN
Proudly decorating my neighborhood is Purple iris. This guardian of summer usually appears invincible, refusing to buckle even under extreme heat. Rain drops give it a sense of humility. Royalty cries too!
THE IRIS SEA - STORMY
A little bit of magic transforms purple passion into Decadence =)
Effortless beauty doesn't require much editing. But when did that ever stop me from experimenting? =) You will find a painterly version of nature's kaleidoscope in the Fine Art section.
There was something in the way the light hit the Azaleas at that particular moment that made me grab the shot. I'm glad I did!
COLD BLUE FIRE
I used to love playing with mosaic as a kid. Glad I had my macro lens with me and was able to recreate another happy memory with this shot of mind blowing potted annuals.
This image reflects a deep personal connection. Roses have followed me all my life. I remember their amazing shades and overpowering fragrance at the Black Sea resort. Now they greet me every morning as I walk by my neighbor's house.
DAHLIA AFTER RAIN
Back to dramatic macro, dahlias are quickly becoming some of my favorite summer annuals!
What a beautiful flower! Where have I been?
PEONIES AT NIGHT
AS I LAY DOWN FOR THE NIGHT
I typically don't include any text in my images other than my watermark, but this one inspired me to write a little poem.
A PRETTY PAINTERLY PEONY
Here's another fall favorite and a permanent fixture in our neighborhood.
MOM'S SOFT EMBRACE
RAINY GERANIUM GLOW
This is a beautiful macro abstract of my potted pink geranium after the rain as captured by my Olloclip attachment for iPhone 7. This image is rendered in soft tones and has a hint of texture. A real delight for gardeners and nature fans, this square looks superb on all of the featured products. It will make create ambience and magic within your space.
ROSE BUD ELEGANCE
ALMOST A ROSE
IT'S ALL BUT A DREAM
As a night owl, I never understood what's so special about mornings...until I discovered spiderwort.
DREAMS IN PURPLE
PURPLES, PETALS AND DROPS
THE HEART OF ZINNIA
THORNS AND SHADOWS
SUBLIME - SPRING
ORCHID IN THE CORNER
RED ADMIRAL ON SEDUM
Red admiral butterflies are supposed to be "people friendly" and occasionally land on humans. I have yet to have the pleasure, although they have flown very close. So I did the next best thing and bought sedum, or showy stonecrop, hoping to attract butterflies to my garden. One beauty decided to sample the flowers before I even planted them, giving me a unique angle. I created a special texture and added an oval border to give this image a vintage look.
PINK HOLLYHOCK ON WHITE
YOU DRIVE BEE CRAZY
IT'S ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS
SUBLIME - LIGHTS ON
HAVING WAY TOO MUCH FUN
SHOWY STONECROP ABSTRACT IN CYAN
SHOWY STONECROP FRAMED
Fans of botanical wall art will appreciate my funky rendition of this stunning pink bromeliad. I added a hint of border and created my own texture to enhance this image. And just this once, it doesn’t matter whether you have a green thumb! Any and all can bring some tropical sunshine into their lives!
OUT OF THE DARKNESS
When it comes to shady gardens, hosta is a life safer. I have several hostas which have been with me forever. They require no maintenance, tolerate all soil and weather conditions and attract humming birds and pollinators. This plant is native to northeast Asia. According to Wikipedia, "the genus was named by Austrian botanist Leopold Trattinnick in 1812, in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host. In 1817, the generic name Funkia was used by German botanist Kurt Sprengel in honor of Heinrich Funk, a collector of ferns and alpines; this was later used as a common name and can be found in some older literature."
Even overgrown weeds have a story. I used to drive by this spot all the time. One cloudy afternoon I noticed them against the backdrop of a grey office building. The light was hitting them so perfectly that I mentally flagged the location. I came back the next day at dusk, and a weed by the side of the road became Bewitched.
WINTER'S LAST BREATH
I grabbed this shot as Mother Nature dumped its last desperate blizzard on us.
This is an almost deleted image which became one of my favorites...
AN UNFINISHED POEM
I just can't get enough of this magnificent Jacaranda tree!
Here is another image that almost got lost in the shuffle. It wasn't until five months after our August 2016 trip to England that I really looked at it. The significance of it, besides my strong English connection, is the timing. That morning I got up unusually early for me because I wanted to take a walk by the dam next to our hotel. I had a feeling there was something there for me. I shot about a dozen images of these beautiful wildflowers, but this one is special.
I've always had great luck with Geraniums. Their vibrant selection, low maintenance and hardy nature make them a summer regular in my pots. Editing tools enabled me to make lush silky fuchsia pop against dull grey, transforming an ordinary photo into artwork.
I hope my work does justice to this extraordinary everyday beauty.
THE FORGOTTEN DUET
We've all seen these beautiful flowers wave at us from the roadside. Most probably think it's a weed but don't "ditch" it just yet. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks both used the plant for its medicinal purposes, such as helping digestion. It was later discovered to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and reducing blood sugar. Chicory was popular among the Dutch and the French who used to roast it as an alternative to coffee.
I never paid much attention to these shrubs growing right under my nose, until one summer afternoon when I was chasing bees and wasps with my macro lens and found myself inches away. These miniscule flowers blew me away with their amazing color, texture and intricate detail. Getting to know my subjects intimately makes photography so much more rewarding!
One late afternoon a couple of stargazer lilies became inseparable from my portfolio =)
A chance meeting a stranger who would become a friend, a chance glance at a building that would later turn into artwork.
I'd been wanting to play with double exposure for a while. I see this type of photography as multi-dimensional dimension and able to convey powerful messages. "Hope" was borne out of hope for a snowstorm which never came...
WILD BLUE PHLOX
FAREWELL TO SUMMER
They say early bird gets the worm. No. It's just propaganda morning people use to make the rest of us feel bad. No matter how late I get up, I get the bird and the worm. It's about being at the right place at the right time. Most of these images were taken either right outside or within a walking distance from my house, before I even found out about bird sanctuaries around Valley Forge.
But, as much as I love watching and photographing birds, I didn't want to pigeonhole myself into one category. I enjoy exploring wildlife and animals in general. As my travels expand, so will this collection. There is a chance that due to frequent trips to Britain, the sheep will get their own page!
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And here he is, the one and only. He's got all his "ducks in a row" as he patrols Windermere with commanding presence. I can see a creature who's confident, funky, intelligent and kind decorating a wall of a nursery or a cover of a children's book. England's Lake District is a very special place. This image practically created itself.
A gorgeous mute swan preparing for take off. Windermere, where else? =)
I often get asked, “How’d you get them to pose for you??” I’m just as amazed as you are, but I guess we’ve grown familiar over the years. This is one of my favorite shots of this gorgeous northern cardinal. He looks awesome on a card. =)
This piece happens to be my older son's favorite. As to the name, well, I had to work my Russian roots in there somehow. =)
FULL SPEED AHEAD!
They say wildlife, especially bird photography, is the most challenging kind. You can always spot male Northern cardinals for their unmistakable bright red plumage and distinct calls. Capturing them is another story. These guys have kept me on my toes, but what fun would it be otherwise??
She can be a bullet, a torpedo or an airplane.
I will always remember Wednesday, August 2nd 2017 as one of my happiest as a wildlife photographer. I got off my chair, where I spend endless hours editing my photos, looked out of my bay window and saw this majestic raptor staring back at me. My only hope at that moment was that this beautiful bird would give me a chance and that my battery was charged.
RED-TAILED HAWK IN FLIGHT
I photographed this adorable house sparrow just outside the Philadelphia Art Museum on a balmy September evening. The golden hour, which embraced the Fairmont Water Works, split the field behind my subject into two beautiful shades of green, resulting in a soft, blurred backdrop. The house sparrow looked perfectly comfortable surveying the ground just a few feet away from me. According to Audubon, the most abundant and widespread birds in the world, house sparrows benefit from a close association with humans. We can only hope that the harmony continues.
CURIOUS EASTERN TOWHEE
I was excited to finally be able to photograph this juvenile beauty! Eastern towhee belongs to the large New Age sparrows. Intriguing and elusive species, the eastern towhee was considered the same species as the Spotted Towhee until 1995.
This bird's eye color changes based on location: it has red eyes across most of its range, but the towhees in Florida and southern Georgia have straw-colored eyes. Eye color varies from southern Alabama to southeastern North Carolina. This may be the result of the breeding between the pale-eyed form, isolated when Florida was an island during the Pleistocene era, with the red-eyed form of the mainland.
I was lucky enough to have captured this American goldfinch fledgling completely unobstructed! I think that's how I got hooked on birds.
GRAY CATBIRD PORTRAIT
It was one of those perfect afternoons...No wind. No branches. No squirrels. =)
SHE SAID WHAT?!
I love watching these guys and hearing them sing. And what's going on with his left foot?? Hysterical!
For both of us! =)
A CATCH FOR WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
WARM & COZY
This swallow wants us to know that roofs of public restrooms are great for nesting!
IN THE DISTANCE
My first encounter with the Eastern Wood-Pewee was productive and fun!
PLACES TO GO, BIRDS TO SEE
One second this Eastern Wood-Pewee was perched up on a branch and the next - piercing the sky like a bullet.
Cute little guy, love his funny eye brows and tail. Caught on a rainy day. I hope he comes back!
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING!
I pressed the shutter button a nanosecond before this robin exited the frame.
Black-capped Chickadee Portrait
This gorgeous little Eastern bluebird was perched up on the tennis court fence watching my boys play.
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
SONG SPARROW (1)
Singing a beautiful melody and letting me get pretty close so I could listen!
SONG SPARROW (2)
This little beauty arrived at the pond while I was having my photoshoot with Canada Goose. Since these birds blend with the trees and pretty much everything else, I was lucky enough to catch one against the backdrop of a bright blue sky, with limbs as a nice frame to boot!
FEMALE RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (1)
Here's the female companion, scanning her territory.
MALE RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (1)
It's typically hard to catch these guys somewhere other than deep in the shrubbery, but this one decided to give me a break and perched himself up in an unobstructed area, creating a beautiful bookeh.
Love the color coordinated plumage of this House Finch. =)
BLUE JAY WEDNESDAY
Of dozens of frames I shot on Wednesday, May 31st 2017, this was the one worthy of being included in my portfolio. Love these guys and hope to catch a lot more of them!
BLUE JAY PORTRAIT
A close-up of one of my backyard favorites. These big, rowdy fellas certainly love their peanuts!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5...sometimes you just get lucky.
WHO ARE YOU CALLING FAT??
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DREAMY RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
IT WASN'T ME. HONEST
A HAPPY MALLARD
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (6)
I like how the branches frame the bird.
REFLECTING GRACE (COLOR)
One day while photographing my boys by the pond at the park, I spotted this Canada Goose who'd split from the pack and came to check out what we were up to. I had my favorite 50mm macro lens and it was just one of those perfect moments.
AMBIENCE AND TRANQUILITY
"BRUSH YOUR TEETH!"
Yep, it looks just something Mom would say every night.
BASKING IN GOLD
Catch an ordinary water bird at sunset and you've created magic. I photographed this beautiful, lonely creature at the beginning of my journey as a wildlife photographer, in May 2015, with my first "real" camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i. Anybody still remember those?
The ideal composition involves perfectly still water, even better when you can't tell the difference between the elements, the object and its reflection. But here, the ripples make the water look like liquid gold, adding texture and detail. This piece will fill your soul with warmth and your space - with quiet luxury.
CANADA GEESE OVER THE POND
This is one of my least enhanced images featuring birds in action. It was taken during the early stage of my realization that I was into bird photography. The pond at this particular location in southeastern Pennsylvania provides ample opportunity to study the habits of birds, especially resident Canada Geese. Since I enjoy photographing birds in flight at dusk, it didn't take long to push my crop sensor Canon DSLR to the limit. This shot is dated February 2017, only a few weeks before I traded in my Canon 70D for a mirrorless Sony a7II. Having a full frame camera opened a whole new world of possibilities, including being able to shoot fast-moving wildlife in lowlight conditions. Regardless of equipment, I think this scenic waterscape will make a beautiful addition to your home or office décor.
So was I, with my camera. These guys are typically a nuisance, slowing down traffic and making Moms wash their kids' sneakers, BUT Dramartful is all about turning challenges into opportunities. =)
LEARNING THE ROPES
I caught this tender moment at Wilson Farm Park.
I'LL BE WATCHING YOU
This has to be one of the funniest wildlife shots I've taken so far. The expression on this Canada goose Sr.’s face is priceless! =)
(Without the storm). This was another one of those perfect moments at Windermere.
SAY - GRASS
One Bar-headed Goose split from the pack and allowed me to do a little study, which I appreciated. I love the way the bird fits with the backdrop.
GET YOUR GEESE IN A ROW
Bar-headed Geese strut their stuff in front of admiring visitors and ready photographers in Grange-over-Sands.
YOU'RE MY ROCK
Two rescue birds share a special bond as one beautiful macaw seeks comfort in her companion. This vulnerable interior, on the backdrop of showy colors, makes for a deeply moving visual experience.
I'M HANDSOME AND I KNOW IT!
Obviously macaws don't hang out in my backyard =)
A LITTLE SHY
AMERICAN ROBIN IN CRABPPLE TREE
It was the day after the total eclipse of 2017. I looked out of my window and saw one of my most charming summer guests, a ruby-throated hummingbird, hovering over a hosta. With only seconds to react, I grabbed my camera, pressed the shutter button, held my breath and hoped for the best. As often the case, this impromptu shot ended up being one of my favorite.
REACH FOR THE LIGHT
One summer morning while stalking birds, I discovered that my Hosta, which was lucky enough to have been spared by the rabbits this year, is a delicious treat for hummingbirds. This little guy became a regular visitor when the plant was in full bloom. Hummingbird is one of my most difficult models, but it's these challenges which make my work so exciting!
I love how the play of light and shadow brings out the power of this magnificent bird.
A BIRD'S DREAM
From the dreamy gaze to the beautiful position of the wing, guiding this Tufted Titmouse into the glowing sunset, I love everything about this image!
Don't even ask...=)
WINGS UPON HORIZON
Sometimes I even impress myself. =)
I caught this beautiful creature just as it was getting ready to take off into the sunset...
Oh look! This one is a Welsh sheep. A rare phenomenon indeed. =) One of my favorite shots from our hike in Brecon Beacons National Park. Yes, I was like a kid in a candy store lost among sheep-dotted blue hills.
I'm happy to have been able to capture this beautiful animal against England's idyllic backdrop.
I guess I won because I walked away with this awesome shot!
The next three images were taken during our summer vacation. It wasn't the most romantic of hikes, crawling up slippery, rocky slopes awash with slugs, but well worth it in the end. English countryside never gets old!
The little rascal never sticks around long enough for me to take a good look at him let alone photograph. But drop some bird seed along the fence and watch him pretend to be a bird! Thanks for the photo op, buddy! p.s. This is as close as you'll ever see me get to a rodent.
A CLOSE ENCOUNTER (1)
My favorite portrait of a Cottontail from summer 2017. Who would've known these guys were so photogenic?
LAWN CARE WITH A SMILE
FINE I'LL LOOK
Deer on my doorstep. This time, they were both looking! These guys are so fearless they’ve been coming closer and closer to the house. Next time they might as well ring the door bell! =)
I'M NOT LOOKING!
One of these two youngsters was determined to ignore me. Sometimes you just can’t get “two for the price of one.” But hey, when it comes to wildlife photography, I take what I can! Besides, I think the fact that only one of the whitetails is looking at the camera adds an element of humor and intrigue.
SHELLEY ON A TREE STUMP
We call her Shelley. She first appeared outside our house in May 2015. It’s hard to tell whether it was the same turtle or her mother. Eastern box turtles are known for their powerful homing device, which brings them back to where they were hatched. When Shelley returned in May 2018, the wildlife photographer and the mother in me were at odds. The mother won, and I brought her some shredded veggies and water. I watched how she soaked up the sun and fought bugs, Kung fu turtle style. She followed the same pattern, watching over her territory, presumably protecting her eggs. She would move out in bad weather only to park herself under the crabapple trees once the sun was out again. Our boys became so enamored with Shelley that they wanted to take her home. Because this is such a high traffic area frequented by kids, dogs, and lawn mowers, I alerted the local landscaping crew and consulted with a nature service. They thought it best to let Shelley be. I hope our guest and her babies visit again!
I was tempted to put "Geiko" just to see how many of you would notice. =) This little reptile was our first, and luckily, only visitor in Florida.
Black & White
Black and white photography can be powerful because of its ability to strip the subject to the bone, revealing that which is often concealed by color: character. I especially enjoy this collection, and I hope you do too.
Although most of the images here are black and white, a few have been enhanced with a touch of color.
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Once upon a time, a winter aconite, barely noticeable among the grassy field, became sleek wall décor.
A FOGGY COMMUTE
TREE IN THE CLOUDS
SEAGULL ON A LAMP (CROP)
I don't typically include both versions but I just can't decide whether I prefer the original or the crop! I like them both for different reasons.
PIERCING THE CLOUDS
Catching the tail end of winter in Valley Forge on March 19th, 2017.
This elegant Floridian egret is another reminder of how an ordinary photograph can become a work of art.
While I have several images of Red-winged blackbirds, this one is the most unusual. Typically I keep nature and wildlife in color, but in this case the backlit silhouette of the bird against the backdrop of ominous clouds creates a powerful visual impact.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?!
This turned out to be a fun piece.
PRAYING MANTIS BLACK AND WHITE
Regardless of how you feel about creepy crawlers, this is one elegant specimen capable of creating a dramatic visual impact!
Peeking at the moon from between the branches. Photographed outside our hotel in the English northwest during summer '16 visit.
I love the sense of weightlessness this image gives me...
GLEN ONOKO FALLS
Playing with my shutter speed, I was able to slow down the water to where it looks silky and smooth. I converted this lower section of the falls to black and white for a more dramatic impact. I wanted a classical look as the flow reminded me of a bride’s train.
BROOK IN THE RAIN - BLACK AND WHITE
LAKE PLACID IN THE RAIN BLACK AND WHITE
I'm a fan of macro and black and white photography. What better way to combine the two than to capture this raindrop left on one of my Hostas!
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE BLACK AND WHITE
I took a more classical approach to reflect fragile beauty of a couple of tulips which came from a garden next to mine (garden envy). =)
GIRLS NIGHT OUT
Here's a different take on this quite ordinary tree. A more "photographic" version of dogwood is available in the Flowers section. When I was thinking about the title, this close bunch reminded me about hanging out with my friends.
CANADA GEESE OVER A SNOWY FIELD
PENNSYLVANIA REFLECTIONS BLACK AND WHITE
One snowy evening I took a walk outside my house...
I don't like to risk bringing my "real" camera on walks when it looks like THAT outside, but I do bring my iPhone. I tell myself it’s “for emergencies” but who am I kidding? Out of several scenes I captured, this one is special because of the mood created by the perspective, and the heavy snowflakes falling over the path and the field. I added texture to this photo, transforming this moment of southeastern Pennsylvania winter into a "paintograph."
This classic black and white winter-scape with tree reflections on a frozen pond is an excellent choice for bringing some quiet elegance into your space.
FREE AT LAST
I stood under a weeping willow, trying angle after angle, clicking frame after frame. Having just purchased my new camera, which was a camera ago, I was excited and determined to create something that's out there. I believe I’ve achieved my goal. I ended up keeping two images: this black and white abstract and Kneeling Giant, which can be found in Ambient & Abstract.
WATCH YOUR STEP!
YOUR WAY OUT
Ambient & Abstract
Some days I can't put my camera down and am up several nights in a row editing. Literally. Until. I. Pass. Out. Other days I won't touch my camera. Sometimes I know exactly what I want my final image to look like. Other times I let the subject guide me. Sometimes I can't decide between the original or the edit, color or black & white. I'm a perfectionist who enjoys both the process and the end result.
Photography reflects my appreciation for nature's authenticity. Fine art is where I take my creativity to the next level, combining intuition and skill, and letting my imagination run wild...
This collection features a wide variety of images intended to create an atmosphere of tranquility. Here you will find sunsets, waterfalls, flowers, birds, seasonal and abstract visuals. The subtle tones and soft textures provide a quiet retreat and are ideal for decorating bedrooms and waiting rooms. Let positive energy fill your space and guide your spirit!
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I enjoyed my first encounter with long exposure photography at Bushkill Falls. This is one of my most daring and by far favorite pieces. The waterfall resembles female form, transcending time and projecting fluidity and relentless power. Negative space adds intrigue. Sleek, bold and unusual, this artwork will complement your contemporary space.
Getting to the top is worth the effort! Luckily, you don’t have to hike the falls to bring serenity into your space.
BUSHKILL FALLS SELECTIVE COLOR
This close side shot of Bushkill Falls has been edited in selective color and lends itself well to the modern vibe of this room.
SLIPPERY WHEN WET
This is a V-shaped close-up abstract of Bushkill Falls. As far as ambient spaces go, I don’t think it gets any more ambient than this.
Every inch of Bushkill Falls is magical. I enjoyed hiking along the river and exploring the base. I used selective coloring to bring out the rock. This image transcends time.
This is another one of my favorite images showing the lower section of Bushkill Falls. Beautiful sparkles of light are weaving playfully into the silky flow.
GLEN ONOKO FALLS
This landscape view of the waterfall gives excellent detail and texture. It reminds me of a woman with her head and hair down, her back towards the mountain, right shoulder turned slightly away from the viewer as she hangs on to the cliff with her left arm.
GLEN ONOKO FALLS
Glen Onoko Falls is as mesmerizing as it is treacherous, an emotional roller coaster as you climb the steep, narrow trail, taking chances with every slippery rock and being rewarded with yet another jaw-dropping view. I’m glad I got to see this gem, just before it closed on May 1st 2019, for safety reasons.
GLEN ONOKO FALLS
The shape of cascading water reminds me of an arm chair, making this wall print an excellent choice. And yes, if I had to come up with a nickname for each section of the falls, you KNOW I would! =)
HAWK FALLS 1
Located near Lake Harmony and the Hickory Run State Park in the Pocono Mountains, Hawk Falls offers beauty, serenity, and a mild cardio to boot. The 0.6 mile hike is very manageable as you follow the Hawk Falls trail downhill.
HAWK FALLS 2
We drove, hiked and yes, I even went into the water. But no amount of detergent needed to wash my caked in dirt sneakers or even constant gasps from my husband who was watching me, mortified that I would drop my equipment, could deter me from capturing the stunning Hawk Falls. It’s true what they say about artists: there isn’t anything we won’t do for our craft.
Pennsylvania is a nature photographer’s dream. Pocono Mountains provide ample opportunity for exploring scenic parks, lakes, and waterfalls. Here are Bushkill Falls, Hawk Falls, and the currently closed Glen Onoko Falls. Three magnificent waterscapes, nine distinct ways of creating ambient spaces.
MYRTLE BEACH SUNRISE
I’m not a beach or a morning person, but some views are worth changing your habits for. I caught this jaw-dropping sunrise over Myrtle Beach out of the 10th floor of our hotel window. Illuminated by the sun, the clouds looked like mountains, pillars or even a giant ship rising above the horizon. Now imagine this stunner on the wall of your bedroom or beach house.
SAILING INTO PACIFIC SUNSET
Let’s face it: we don’t all own a beach house, and we can’t always escape to the beach. But by hanging this beautiful Mission Beach-scape in our home or office, we can imagine sailing into the Pacific sunset.
WFP SUNSET REFLECTIONS 1
The next five photos were taken at a local park. I always go to the same spot yet see something uniquely beautiful every time.
WFP SUNSET REFLECTIONS 2
Yep, I went to the park to "catch" some birds that evening! I was ready to leave but something made me stick around. So glad I did!
THROUGH MY LENS
Despite having limited toys with me that night, I knew I was looking at something special. This memory just had to come home with me. So I shot a bunch of frames, picked the best one and figured it out in post-processing. The rest is history. =)
MAGICAL COLORS OF THE NIGHT
Yes, this is the same exact spot as five photos ago. I played in photoshop a little, et voila! Another unique piece of photoart is born. Complementary golds and blues will accentuate your walls beautifully.
WATER LILY ZEN
If you think looking at this collage on your screen elicits Zen, imagine seeing it on the walls of your home or office! OK, maybe just your home - otherwise you might fall asleep. But if you work in a medical field, this serene lily pond is perfect waiting room décor. It will welcome weary travelers to their hotel room. Spa guests will appreciate the soothing palette and minimalist composition of this artwork. My prints are suitable for both residential and commercial purposes. Staging is available. The cards are also very cute!
SUNNY DAY ON A LILY POND
Monet-esque magnificence of this image cannot be underestimated. But those weren’t my thoughts when I spotted this shot. I was thinking this has to be one of the most amazing sights I’d ever laid my eyes on! The entire process of working with this image, from photographing to editing and finally printing made me feel happy and relaxed. There’s something timeless and airy about this endless frame of lime green, turquoise and yellow. I hope this breath-taking lily pond elevates your space and soul as it does mine.
LILY PADS DANCING ON REFLECTIONS
Lily ponds are natural makers of ambient spaces. I especially love the reflections and texture of this image.
MISTY DAWN REDWOOD
The muted palette and simple composition of this glowing misty dawn redwood lends itself well to modern minimalism, effortlessly helping your space achieve elegance and visual balance.
FACE THE MUSIC
IDYLLIC SAKURA AT DAWN
I enjoy exploring new techniques and building on existing content. This image is my first composite which means a blend of two separate images. Mauve sky creates an ideal backdrop for this beautiful Sakura tree, making this piece ideal bedroom wall decor!
Green represents life, energy, renewal, and growth, making it an excellent choice for your personal and professional space!
PEACOCK FEATHERS ABSTRACT
Bold colors, texture, and detail in glamorous peacock feather abstract will add chic to your home as well as make a charming gift!
SEA OF PURPLE
So, one of my evening errands turned into yet another photo shoot. Surprise! This is a dramatic yet soothing abstract of what I believe to be Russian sage. I used the intentional camera shake and turned up this drama in post-processing to emphasize the contrast between the purple “sea” and the black “sky,” with hints of green. I love the contrast between the dark shades and soft spires of this perennial, which is a go-to border plant for residential and commercial properties.
HALF PAST MIDNIGHT
This low-key water-scape makes an intriguing choice for your modern loft, bachelor pad, man cave or any space seeking to balance the masculine with femininity of water.
THROUGH MY FROSTED WINDOW
No matter how late I’m running, it’s never too late to look, notice, and snap. I caught this fleeting moment from my car window just as the heat began to melt away the magic.
REFLECTION OF A DREAM
An artistic interpretation of a beautiful fragment in nature creates an outer-worldly visual experience. You’ve probably passed this scene at a river or even a local pond dozens of times, but did you pause to notice? This calming, minimalist piece is ideal for your beach house, nursery, bedroom, or bathroom. It’s perfect waiting room décor, too!
WAVE TO THE FILIGREE
A wispy skeleton leaf is reborn as a crushing beach wave. “Wave to the Filigree” is one of my favorite abstracts. What started off as an ordinary find in my yard ended up a tranquil abstract, capable of transforming your space into something extraordinary.
And sometimes your walls just need a punch of color. Why not make it Seamonster Blue?
Perfect spa and beach house décor? I think so.
A pile of cherry blossoms laying on the ground just wasn't cutting it for me, so I took a stab at creating something unique.
AMETHYST - COMET
Depth of field can transform an otherwise ordinary object into something magnificent; in this case an amethyst into a comet! Those seeking spiritual meaning in gemstones appreciate amethyst as a stone of protection and purification.
This field of goldenrod which I captured using one of my favorite techniques, intentional camera shake, is sure to give your walls a pop of color and your guests - something to talk about!
OFF THE GRID
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
HAUNTING SHADOWS OF WINTER
“Haunting Shadows of Winter” blends in earth and sky perfectly to create that special atmosphere of harmony and peace in your home.
MYSTERIES OF FALL
A weeping willow towering over the neighborhood. A warm day. A new camera in my hand. I took about a dozen pictures of the tree, but it wasn't until I got back and loaded them into Lightroom that I saw THE one. I converted it into BW for more contrast, since light greenery against a clear sky wasn't very exciting. Next step was texturizing, which adds flare to images that are otherwise unremarkable. I chose this dramatic backdrop against which my kneeling giant is resting.
THE WORLD AND I
This is a deeply personal piece and my favorite in the Southport series. My knee-jerk reaction is to edit people out of landscapes, but this boy belongs here. He makes the image tell the story.
Here's another strong piece from Southport, with some interesting colors and rich textures balancing the simplicity of the composition.
Since I'm not a fan of Disney, summer or the beach, my trips to Florida are basically pointless...unless I get to bring back THIS.
FILL YOUR SOUL WITH BEAUTY
TREES WHISPER - MAUVE ABSTRACT
I’m always amazed at how much magic is hiding in plain sight! I captured this abstract landscape just outside my house, using an intentional camera shake and slowing the timer just enough to create something special. “Trees Whisper” is one of those special pieces, tree tops creating intriguing streaks across the mauve sunset and blending beautifully with this space.
TREES WHISPER - EMERALD ABSTRACT
Using the technique called “intentional camera shake,” I captured another magic moment. The clouds had just started closing the curtain for the night. Tall silhouettes of trees were reaching for the sky, creating a stark contrast against the quickly fading sliver of light. It was a haunting scene. I played with the colors and added texture for a "painterly" look of an old print.
WHO PAINTED THE SKY?
DRAMA IN THE SKY
The Eye of the Sun
PENNSYLVANIA COMPETES FOR AURORA BOREALIS
GUARDIAN OF THE NIGHT
As a creature of the night, I'm fascinated with street lamps. It'd been my dream to capture one in all its glory. The dream came true on the evening of July 3, 2016.
SUNSET OVER NYC (2)
This unique look at New York is from a day trip in August 2012.
ROADTRIP TO FLORIDA
A shot that made what seemed like an endless drive worth it! =)
I wanted to capture a different kind of sunset so I tried a different technique, one which involved star gazing. I doubt my eye doctor will approve, but art requires sacrifice.
SUNSET OVER WINDERMERE
This special memory takes me all the way back to our honeymoon in England's Lake District.
Another iPhone7 shot, processed to my standard of creepy good.
SUNSET OVER NYC (1)
This is one of my favorite pieces in the entire collection.
GIVE INTO BLUE
Passion, mystery and drama are all wrapped in this emotive photopainting.
Unreal is the only way to describe this...The sky just burst into all these crazy colors right in front of me!
Pennsylvania has some of the most beautiful sunsets. I captured this one within walking distance from my house. Nature never ceases to amaze me!
Sure, I could've kept driving that evening of February 3rd, 2016 as I was minutes away from my house, but something made me pull over. So glad I did!
SUNSET OVER SOUTHPORT
Whenever we visit family in England, we make sure to sneak a day at Southport with the kids. It's not hard to see why it's one of our favorite destinations.
Just another evening at the park... =)
A HOLE IN THE SKY
MORECAMBE HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE AT SUNSET
SUNSET WITH CORMORANTS ON THE STONE JETTY
MYRTLE BEACH SUNSET
MYRTLE BEACH EARLY BIRD
As my travels grow, so will this collection. For now here’s a little bit of France and a little bit more of the UK.
Paris is the kind of city where you can put a blind fold on, point your camera, and keep clicking until either you've filled your memory card or your arms fall off. I can’t remember which it was for me the first time my husband and I escaped there for a long weekend. I do remember that my feet were sore for days. That’s because I decided to wear my “comfortable heels.” To walk in Paris. All day. I know better now than to use “comfortable” and “heels” in the same sentence. So from now, it’s sneakers…fashion be damned.
No trip to the UK goes without discovering a new castle. A quintessential part of Europe's history, castles also have a special place in my heart. I was married in magnificent Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury, England. I'm fascinated by centuries of history behind the impenetrable walls.
Rewinding some years, I received my undergraduate degree in history from Arcadia University, formerly Beaver College, located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. I knew this was going to be my school as soon as I saw the majestic 19th century Grey Towers Castle. I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying abroad at London Guildhall University, which is now London Metropolitan University. I used the opportunity to explore England and fell in love with it.
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EIFFEL TOWER FROM THE SEINE
EIFFEL TOWER FROM PONT D'LENA
Imagine drinking your coffee, tea or perhaps a more exciting beverage to this wall print! Rendered in textured vintage, this angle of the Pont d’lena bridge stretching underneath the Eiffel Tower is both nostalgic and unique. It picks up the neutral palette of this room beautifully, helping you relax and reminisce.
LION, CHERUB, EIFFEL TOWER
Tuileries Garden Paris
DRAMATIC SKY OVER THE LOUVRE
PONT ALEXANDRE III BRIDGE
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT - PARIS
This one’s all about standing out from the crowd. Selective color technique, which allows you to retain or change color in portions of the image while converting the rest to monochrome, drives the point (pun intended!). This striking print will delight fans of all things French and wheels. What an excellent Father’s Day gift! I bet Dad is going to love his mancave!
MORECAMBE HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE - SEPIA
This is a coffee toned rendition of one of my favorite landscapes, featuring Morecambe Lighthouse. Scenic view accentuated with dramatic skies, leading lines and interesting textures will bring a maritime touch to your entryway, living room, bedroom, mancave, and especially beach house.
SKIPTON CASTLE BLACK & WHITE
I love this image, which is why I'm also offering it in black and white. I can't wait to go back to Skipton Castle!
SKIPTON CASTLE COLOR
My husband and I visited Skipton Castle during our summer 2016 family trip to England. It's located in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Built in 11th century, it remains one of the country's most complete and best preserved medieval castles. It was a beautiful day to explore this piece of medieval history!
SKIPTON CASTLE THROUGH THE RAYS OF TIME
CARDIFF CASTLE WALES
WRAY CASTLE CUMBRIA
Dramatic Wray Castle dominates the north-west bank of Lake Windermere in Cumbria. The castle was built in the Victorian Gothic Revival Style in the mid 1800s. Dr. Dawson, who commissioned it, was a retired surgeon from Liverpool, married to a gin heiress. The building and the grounds have belonged to the National Trust since the early 1920's. The house only became open to the public recently. The grounds include part of Windermere shoreline and are open all year round. A botanist's paradise, the grounds feature a variety of specimen trees such as Wellingtonia, redwood, Ginkgo biloba, weeping lime and varieties of beech.
KENDAL CASTLE, ENGLAND
We spent a wonderful afternoon admiring this medieval fortification during our visit to England in the summer of 2016. Kendal castle is located atop of a glacial drumlin to the east of the town of Kendal in Cumbria, Northern England. It was likely built in the 12th century as the home for a Lancaster family who were Barons of Kendal. One notable connection to the castle is Queen Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII of England. The Parr family owned the castle in 15th century. Her family had lived at Kendal since her ancestor Sir William Parr married the heiress of Kendal, Elizabeth Ros, during the reign of Edward III. By the time Catherine Parr was born, the family had long abandoned the castle, already in the state of disrepair. Captured here is the old manor hall, one of the two remaining significant ruins of Kendal Castle.
ROWTON CASTLE, ENGLAND
It was on a beautiful sunny day much like today, October 18, 2003, that my husband and I exchanged our vows at Rowton Castle. Built in 17th century, it was once the Royal Normal College for the Blind. Sat on 17 acres of idyllic Shropshire countryside, Rowton Castle is a real jewel. It's near the town of Shrewsbury and less than a three-hour drive from Cardiff, Wales. Its convenient location, rich history, breathtaking views, and amazing staff make the castle an excellent choice as both a wedding and corporate venue. Weary travelers will find Rowton Castle to be a welcoming, cozy hotel with attentive staff, impeccable facilities and excellent menu. We couldn't have picked a better location to celebrate our special day and can't wait to go back!
I love how the play of light and shadow outlines this statuesque building.
AVAILABLE WALL DECOR
These are the currently available prints. Each piece is wired and ready to hang. Some can hang or stand.