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Michelle Herrli

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My love for photography ignited in the late 70's when I was loaned a 35 mm camera. My passion flourished as I studied photographic techniques and art rules, attended workshops, and shot numerous rolls of Kodachrome. By the 80's my images were used commercially, including as a photographer for a US congressional race. In 2005 I focused my work towards my first love, fine art.

I enjoy capturing many different venues of photography, but I believe my best works are abstracts. Abstract art allows the viewer to imagine or to be drawn into the beauty of the composition, without any preconceived ideas or emotions about the image. My images are taken from rock formations, reflections playing on water, color and light reflecting through glass or ice, patterns found in the world around us. The compositions often contain vivid colors, which reflect my joy-filled life.

Every image has been captured by a SLR camera. They are not manipulated to create abstract art, but what was seen through the lens. Although images are still available on archival photo paper, I have found the abstracts are more striking on canvas. I do my own Giclee printing to control quality and color, using Photoshop as the digital darkroom. Archival Epson UltraChrome K3 ink and Epson Exhibition canvas are used. The works on canvas are treated with a liquid laminate. The result is a water resistant, archival image with UV protection. Each image is limited to no more than 50 editions.

It is a gift to be able to see the awe and wonder of life. It is a special delight that my three sisters share in the same love of fine art, each in their own unique discipline. We often have the pleasure of our booth displays being side by side at an art fair. I am grateful for the new surprises that wait to reveal their beauty to me.