Mary Louise is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Waterford, VA. Her fine art photography is in private, university and corporate collections in over 30 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries and shops. Her images have been used in calendars, magazines, books and websites including various projects with National Geographic maps.
Mary Louise studied photography at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs, the Washington School of Photography, and MIT.
Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in the Mid Atlantic. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. She offers private lessons and workshops in the Mid Atlantic region and at a variety of locations across the US and abroad.
My favorite subjects are country landscapes, nature close-ups and interesting architectural details. When composing, I look for distinctive shapes, unique textures and intriguing juxtapositions of color. I draw inspiration from a number of different art forms such as traditional Japanese block prints and painters like Georgia O’Keefe. As a result, my photographic style is often described as “painterly”.
In recent years I’ve become fascinated with the idea of blurring the line between the look of traditional photographic realism and the look of other fine art mediums. I’ve been exploring making very creative images of unique subjects often overlooked. Depending on the characteristics of the image, I print my images on photographic paper, watercolor paper or canvas using only archival methods & materials for lasting beauty.