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  • “We Wandered Too Far”We Wandered Too Far

    Photography based digital image

  • “They Left Together”They Left Together

    Photography based digital image

  • “The King's Ransom”The King's Ransom

    Photography based digital image

  • “River Edge”River Edge

    Photography based digital image from cell phone image

  • “Observation”Observation

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  • “Namaste”Namaste

    Photography based digital image

  • “Malevolent Spirit”Malevolent Spirit

    Photography based digital image

  • “Landscape After Borman”Landscape After Borman

    Photography based digital image

  • “Golden Palace”Golden Palace

    Photography based digital image

  • “Discovery”Discovery

    Photography based digital image

  • “Dena's Tree”Dena's Tree

    Photography based digital image

  • “Butterfly”Butterfly

    Photography based digital image

  • “The Reasons Are Many”The Reasons Are Many

    Photography based digital image

  • “The Long Road Home”The Long Road Home

    Photography based digital image

  • “The Heights To Which We Go”The Heights To Which We Go

    Photography based digital image

  • “Summer Climb”Summer Climb

    Photography based digital image

  • “Spectacle”Spectacle

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  • “Return To Me”Return To Me

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  • “Over Too Soon”Over Too Soon

    Photography based digital image

  • “Mysterious Island”Mysterious Island

    Photography based digital image

  • “Morning's Wonder”Morning's Wonder

    Photography based digital image

  • “He Stopped Asking”He Stopped Asking

    Photography based digital image

  • “He Answered in a Whisper”He Answered in a Whisper

    Photography based digital image

  • “Fighting With Reality”Fighting With Reality

    Photography based digital image

  • “Enigma Variations”Enigma Variations

    Photography based digital image

  • “And Then We Blossomed”And Then We Blossomed

    Photography based digital image

  • “Wedding Day”Wedding Day

    Photography based digital image

  • “Orange Flower Blue Bird”Orange Flower Blue Bird

    Photography based digital image

  • “Dandelion Wish”Dandelion Wish

    Photography based digital image

  • “Henry's Garden”Henry's Garden

    Photography based digital image

  • “Untitled”Untitled

    Photography based digital image

  • “Melissa's Rags”Melissa's Rags

    Photography based digital image

  • “Uprising”Uprising

    Photography based digital image

  • “Political Rhetoric”Political Rhetoric

    Photography based digital image

  • “Soaring”Soaring

    Photography based digital image

  • “Not Always”Not Always

    Photography based digital image

  • “Weathered”Weathered

    Photography based digital image

  • “Flora I”Flora I

    Photography based digital image

  • “Spatial Awareness”Spatial Awareness

    Photography based digital image

  • “Siesta”Siesta

    Photography based digital image

  • “Screaming Dawn”Screaming Dawn

    Photography based digital image

  • “Peaceful Vision”Peaceful Vision

    Photography based digital image

  • “Deep Inside Me”Deep Inside Me

    Photography based digital image

  • “River”River

    Photography based digital image

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Once Sara Risley wrangled the camera away from her avid amateur photographer dad at the age of ten, she rarely relinquished her hold on it. Her fascination with light and color led her to study photography at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her experiments in long shutter speed photography and subject movement became too expensive with film and having grown up with Depression era parents, she felt the strong responsibility to pay her own way. She left the fine art world for a creative job in portrait photography. During her 27-year portrait career, she constantly looked for the odd angle or unique setting to create a more dynamic portrait. With the advent of digital photography, the exploration she had begun post-college was renewed. She currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and shows her work locally and has been part of juried shows in Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Florida.

artist statement

Sara Risley’s photography-based digital images burst from the surface as colors explosively interact with shape and space.
Colorful art glass, nature, and her own acrylic paintings serve as source material for her images. Shooting with long shutter speeds and camera movement and then employing Photoshop as whimsy inspires, her creative process is energetic and playful. The intense hues and sensual shapes remind the viewer of abstract expressionist paintings and lure them in to the intricacies of her digital “brush marks.”

Website: http://sararisley.com/home.html

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