Diane Mattis & Lisa Anne

Diane Mattis

I am a self-taught freelance photographer, specializing in horticultural work.

Much of my youth was spent exploring woods and streams in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Although I started taking pictures as a young person, I didn’t become really passionate about photography until after I retired and started my own garden. 

Over 20 years ago, as a volunteer at Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, I was asked to do photography rather than work in the gardens. This experience catapulted me into the wonderful world of horticultural photography and was the catalyst for my desire to learn as much as I could about all kinds of plant life and how to best photograph it.  It was not long before “Botanical Images” made its debut and hasn’t stopped ever since. Since I would rather be in the garden than in front of my computer, I do not maintain a website, but you may reach me by email dmattis228@aol.com or phone 610-449-9945.
 
Each new day presents us with a multitude of visual images if only we have the eyes to see them. I hope that my photographs, in which I strive to capture the essence or soul of the subject, will inspire you to take a closer look at the rich tapestry of flora and fauna that surrounds each of us throughout the changing seasons.
 "If nature is your teacher,  your soul will awaken."   J. W. von Goethe
 

Lisa Anne: Reflections of L

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I have been drawn to colors and textures since I was a child and dabbled in drawing and fiber arts, but my first major steps to “Reflections of L” was collage. The combination of bright colors, acrylic paint, mixed media elements, and making a big mess in the process was of great appeal. I continue to explore all of these elements in ever-expanding methods and styles, from collage and acrylic paintings created with extensive use of masking & layering, to 3-dimensional and mixed media works of all kinds. In the process of creating pieces, I reflect upon the events, people, and natural elements which mean a great deal to me. Music plays a major role as I create, helping to focus my spirit and hands to the piece in process. Every piece is a discovery of memories, spirit, and growth.

Recently, my work has been focused on 3-dimensional works ("Constructs") incorporating many different sculptural materials, texture, colors, and often, as sense of whimsey.

I enjoy very much when viewers find a particular piece compelling in their own reflections of life's experiences.

Reflection Defined:
1.the act of reflecting, as in casting back a light or heat, mirroring, or giving back or showing an image; the state of being reflected in this way.
2.an image; representation; counterpart.
3.a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
4.a thought occurring in consideration or meditation.