Artist's Missions:

  • 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

The Art Process

Scannography, also spelled scanography and sometimes called scanner photography, is a relatively new art form. It is similar to photography, but instead of using a camera to capture an image, a scanographer uses a flatbed scanner.

 

Lisa's pictures are designed by gathering pieces and parts of her garden flowers, natural plants and other elements of nature that surround her country home. She arranges the materials face-down on a scanner. After multiple previews, rearranging each time, she obtains an image to work with.

 

The pictures are refined in a graphic arts program. There, she removes the background, making it true black. She also removes pollen and brown spots, and corrects damaged areas.

 

Her processes are always evolving as she learns. When she began, she considered her medium scanography, but now she considers herself more of a digital artist. 

 

She uses a graphic arts program (photoshop elements) and her original digital images to create new images. Utilizing transparent backgrounds, layering, melding and shading, she designs intricate new images and fairy-eye-view gardens. She also composes mesmerizing kaleidoscopes/mandalas. 

 

Lisa has configured a world which she has named Ethaeria —the place in the ether containing the mystic gardens where the fairies dwell when they are not visiting the human realm. 

 

You will have to visit her at shows to see her latest creations as she has so many new images and ideas they could never fit on one website.
 

 



 

scanning a lilac fairy, flower fairy
Lilac Fairy, flower fairy, spring fairy

The Artist

Lisa lives in rural central New York State and is happily married with three adult offspring. She is an enthusiastic gardener and nature lover.       

             

Though she was a registered nurse by education and trade, she was filled with creative urges. Considering herself untalented at drawing or painting, designing and planting gardens for many years fulfilled some of those creative urges.

 

She used to dry many of her flowers, but they would eventually fade. Upon looking for a different way to preserve them to retain their beauty, in 2004, she came across the relatively new art form called scannography—using a flatbed scanner as a camera. She was quite computer illiterate at the time, but had plenty of subject material to experiment with, and she spent several years working with scanner techniques, designs, and a graphic arts program.

 

Turning her flowers into art boosted and fine tuned her observational skills, and one day she discovered she could see whimsical heads, fanciful clothing and delicate wings among her flowers. Little fairy figures were born. They inspire her and encourage her evolution in the creative process.

 

She has won many awards, published several books, become an inspirational speaker, and is always working on (playing with) something new—either in her art or her gardens. 

Some of Lisa's Gardens 

all garden images (C) 2012 by Lisa R Davis         

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© 2013-2019 by Lisa R Davis.

Putting together a lilac fairy on the glass of a flatbed scanner