“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
You could not ignore its beauty.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and trained as a child therapist/school counselor Paula now uses her camera to capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world. A self-taught macro photographer, Paula credits her inspiration and style to Georgia O’Keefe and Judy Chicago
All of her work examines the complexity of botanical images, with a focus on light, color, form and essence. She captures the flower as if it were a portrait, looking for the perfect pose and lighting to enhance the subject.
Often, Paula will find a species that warrants extensive study so she will photograph that flower species, in her studio, year after year under varied light source and color temperature. The reward is a glimpse into the magic, mystery and perfection inherent in nature.
New works reflect a movement into digital art. Using the perfected macro image, mirror images are created in photoshop, thereby creating a dynamic canvas in a mandala or kaleidoscope effect. The merging of colors and forms are exciting and infinite.
Most of the flowers are grown in her greenhouse and gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
Forest Island Farm, Oregon