Eye on the Arts: Nature photographer’s exhibit captures the spirit of this place beyond the lens


“Rosie” by Phoenix.

By Nile Fortner | New Pelican Writer

At around 13, Phoenix felt a connection to nature. She was a Girl Scout who went camping in the Everglades, and that summer her parents took her to California’s Yosemite National Park. That’s where the seeds of her becoming a nature photographer were first planted and she’d find her lifelong focus.

“I stood right next to him (her dad) as he magically captured each vista,” said Phoenix. “Even though I didn’t have a camera in my hand, I learned the art of seeing what he focused on and what I focused on. It was a special time and place, an overall connection to nature.”


 

Phoenix, a native Miamian and now a Broward County resident, is known for her painterly approach in her photography. As a child, she’d spend hours reading National Geographic and watching nature programs on TV.

“I studied to be a high school English teacher and I never took a photography class,” said Phoenix. “I taught filmmaking and TV production during the non-digital age. But I think there was great value in being a photographer in the non-digital age because it was about understanding how to take a picture and not depending on technology.”

Her approach to photography and life is grounded in her philosophical belief that we are all one, and all interconnected. Her photography has been honored in numerous juried exhibitions and showcased in 25 solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery. It has been featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and is found in private collections internationally. She has won numerous awards by capturing the natural environment.

                                                         Phoenix surrounded by two of her fine art photographs. [Courtesy]

“I only submit to shows that feel authentic to me. I show up to what I love.”

This love of nature and photography has led to Phoenix’s exhibit, The Spirit of This Place, presented by Pompano Beach Arts at the Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. – April 12 through May 25, with a free opening reception on April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Click here for more of Phoenix’s work.

“We are delighted to bring this stunning collection of beautiful images to our gallery,” said Ty Tabing, director of the Cultural Affairs Department. “Phoenix’s work is known for capturing the intersection of art and healing, transporting viewers to a place of peace and meditation.” The exhibition showcases works created during her residencies in Ireland and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as from her Sacred Trees, Landscape, Winged Life, Venice, and National Parks collections, which include views of the Everglades.

“My love, my divine call to art, is to truthfully capture those moments when my soul is touched by the extraordinary wonder and beauty seen through my camera’s inner lens – from colorful bugs, smaller than a fingernail’s tip, to ever-changing magnificent pictures presented every morning and night for humanity’s delight.”

The exhibit also features information behind the images such as “Grace” – a sunrise she captured by being in the moment at 7 a.m. “I want people to walk away from this feeling the souls of the species,” said Phoenix. “That they feel the connection.” Visit pompanobeacharts.org for more information.

One response to “Eye on the Arts: Nature photographer’s exhibit captures the spirit of this place beyond the lens”

  1. Lourdes DeWick says:

    Great art

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