Photographer Eliza de Vries presents a harmonious portfolio of luminescent floral portraits. Visit her website to see more of her inspired work.
Picking up a camera at age sixty, I slowly evolved into a photographic artist over a period of eighteen years. We all have our individual lens of life. It was surprising to me how unique we all are as to what calls to our soul, and how we “see” it.
From childhood, my heart has stirred and wept over the beauty of God’s creation. Sunlight on the dew of a flower, the reflection of light upon water, the shifts of expression in one flower throughout the day.
As a mother, I supported my family retraining unruly horses that others had given up on. I would ride with my daughter on thousands of acres in the majestic foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Our feeling for beauty grew exponentially.
We would often sit amidst fields of wildflowers and marvel at nature’s palette of colour. Everything around us vibrated with heavenly beauty. What magic!
Initially, in 2002, my work expressed a replication of God’s handiwork. This in itself was exquisite to behold. But I soon felt an inner calling to express my individual experience of beauty. I wanted to co-create with nature’s perfection, to bring out what I can only describe as the soul emanation of how I experienced a flower.
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Many of my images originate from my own garden. Having grown up with a mother who began and ended her days tending her beloved roses, I felt within my heart the sacred essence of the flower world, of the leaves, the trees, skies and fields.
My images are printed in a variety of ways and sizes. They can be reproduced on metal, glass, archival paper or gallery wrapped on canvas. My limited editions are very small in number, fifty at most. Each giclee is a high-resolution, high tech watercolour reproduction which is individually made. I personally monitor the image in various stages with the printer to ensure that the luminescence of each image is expressed in the final product.
Beauty brings a sense of dynamic colour, peaceful solace, magical exuberance or gentle healing to us all. As a healer, and having studied colour therapy, it is evident that colour has a different effect upon different souls and individual parts of our body.
To date, my works have sold throughout North America and Europe. My aspiration is that they hang in health facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation homes, hospice, yoga centers and places where beauty and inspiration enlightens or relieves man’s journey. Beauty gives a patient something to gaze upon while they are in recovery or suffering.
Many are hung over personal altars and bring a sense of gentle reverence or illumination to a room. It is my hope that those who gaze upon my art will awaken to their own inner beauty, that these “flower babies” will bring solace healing and joy to their individual lives.
Thank you for walking through my garden with me.
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