Transforming Traditional Photography into Unique Photographic Art
I believe Art is a Gift. A Gift that can move us ... that can help us experience varied emotions and take us to imaginary places ... a Gift that gives us moments in life to pause, connect and reflect with the emotional and spiritual realms of our beings....My hope is for my art to give that Gift to others.
My journey began in 2009 with my award-winning photo of Mt. Rainier Reflection Lake.
After exploring many different genres of photography I found myself repeatedly drawn to artistic editing and longing to create something beyond the photographic image that was before me.
In 2017 I moved into a type of Composite Photography and found my "home". I call it Photographic Artistry.
My award winning pieces are crafted from my imagination. Starting with my original images I incorporate a detailed process using up to 75 multiple layers of dismantling, enhancing and combining to create a new, unique piece with richer visual & emotional content.
Constantly learning and experimenting, my art continues to evolve. Although primarily self-taught, I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, have taken many workshops and classes, participated in and held board positions at local photography clubs and taught my process to other photographers.
My work has won multiple awards, has been sold and displayed in VA art galleries, in exhibits and galleries in Florida, the SoBo Art Gallery of Winter Garden, private establishments, and has been used commercially. I have also taught my process to other photographers.
Currently my work can be found at Artisan’s on 5th Art Gallery in historic Mt. Dora Florida, the All About Art Gallery and The Feathered Nest in Bellview Florida and of course by contacting me directly at SharaAbel@gmail.com.