to share beauty and spread joy
to encourage an appreciation of the the florae that share this earth with us
to promote a closer look at the natural world
Scannography, also spelled scanography and sometimes called scanner photography, is a relatively new art form. It is a type of non-traditional photography, but instead of using a camera to capture an image, a scannographer uses a flatbed scanner.
My pictures are designed by gathering pieces and parts of my garden flowers, natural plants and other elements of nature that surround my country home. I arranges the materials face-down on a scanner. After multiple previews, rearranging each time, I obtain an image to work with.
The pictures are refined in a graphic arts program. There, I remove the background, making it true black. I also remove pollen and brown spots, and correct damaged areas.
My processes are always evolving as I experiment and learn. When I began, I considered my medium strictly scannography, but now I consider myself more of a digital artist.
I use a graphic arts program (photoshop elements) and my original digital images to create new images. Utilizing transparent backgrounds, layering, melding and shading, I design intricate new images and fairy-eye-view gardens. I also compose mesmerizing kaleidoscopes/mandalas from my floral designs.
You will have to visit me at shows to see my latest creations as I have so many new images and ideas they could never fit on one website.
The Art Process
I live in rural New York State in the snowbelt region southeast of Lake Ontario. Happily married with three adult offspring and 2 grandsons, I am also an enthusiastic gardener and nature lover.
I was a registered nurse by education and trade, and after working for fifteen years, became a stay-at-home mom after my 2nd son was born. Designing and planting numerous gardens became a creative outlet.
I began drying many of my flowers, and sold arrangements for several years, but dried flowers lose their vibrancy with time. Upon looking for a different way to preserve them to retain their beauty, in 2004 I came across the relatively new art form called scannography—using a flatbed scanner as a camera. I was computer illiterate and technologically challenged at the time, but had plenty of subject material to play with. My husband Mark showed me how to use a scanner, and the basic workings of a photoshop elements program. I spent several years experimenting with scanner techniques, designs, and teaching myself how to use the graphic arts program before I started getting anything artistic. But when I did, I was hooked and have not looked back.
Turning my flowers into art boosted and fine tuned my observational skills, and one day I discovered I could see whimsical heads, fanciful clothing and delicate wings among my flowers. Little fairy figures were born. They inspire and encourage my evolution in the creative process.
I could not have done much of what I do without the support of my husband. He makes most of my frames, is indispensable during set-up and assisting at shows, and calms me down when I freak out during technological difficulties.
I have won many awards, published several books, became an inspirational speaker for a bit, and am always working on (playing with) something new—either in my art or the gardens.
Some of My Gardens From Which the Art is Born
Comments and questions about the art, gardens, shows or custom work are welcome