Mary Louise Ravese

Photography
Bella Vista Photography
15750 Brookhill Court, Waterford, VA, USA

Stop #8

About the Artist

"Awakening of the Trees", (c) 2014. A sun star-burst peaks through the dense canopy of a moss and lichen covered tree in Napa Valley, California. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Awakening of the Trees", (c) 2014. A sun star-burst peaks through the dense canopy of a moss and lichen covered tree in Napa Valley, California. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.

Biography

Mary Louise is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Waterford, VA. Her fine art photography is in private, university, and corporate collections in over 30 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries, and shops. Her images have been used in calendars, magazines, books, and websites, including various projects with National Geographic maps.

Mary Louise studied photography at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs, the Washington School of Photography, and MIT.

Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in the Mid Atlantic. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. She offers private lessons and workshops in the Mid-Atlantic region and at a variety of locations across the US and abroad.

Artist Statement

My favorite subjects are country landscapes, nature close-ups and interesting architectural details. When composing, I look for distinctive shapes, unique textures and intriguing juxtapositions of color. I draw inspiration from a number of different art forms such as traditional Japanese block prints and painters like Georgia O'Keefe. As a result, my photographic style is often described as "painterly".

In recent years I've become fascinated with the idea of blurring the line between the look of traditional photographic realism and the look of other fine art mediums. I've been exploring making very creative images of unique subjects often overlooked. Depending on the characteristics of the image, I print my images on photographic paper, watercolor paper, canvas, metal or wood using archival methods & materials for lasting beauty.

"Belvedere", (c) 2014. View of a Tuscan villa at day break, when the first light kisses the hilltops of the surrounding wheat fields. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Belvedere", (c) 2014. View of a Tuscan villa at day break, when the first light kisses the hilltops of the surrounding wheat fields. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"La Porta Verde", (c) 2014. Rambling pink roses climb around a rustic green doorway in a garden courtyard in Tuscany. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"La Porta Verde", (c) 2014. Rambling pink roses climb around a rustic green doorway in a garden courtyard in Tuscany. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Backstreet Steps", (c) 2014. Stairs seem to go on forever in this cliff-side village in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Backstreet Steps", (c) 2014. Stairs seem to go on forever in this cliff-side village in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Rosey Reflection", (c) 2010. Reflection of a rose in the surface of textured, iridized stained-glass. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Rosey Reflection", (c) 2010. Reflection of a rose in the surface of textured, iridized stained-glass. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Peacock Plume", (c) 2012. Close-up of a peacock feather. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Peacock Plume", (c) 2012. Close-up of a peacock feather. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Islands of the Sky II", (c) 2012. Reflections of the blue sky in the pond in front of the Palace of Fine Art, San Francisco, CA. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Islands of the Sky II", (c) 2012. Reflections of the blue sky in the pond in front of the Palace of Fine Art, San Francisco, CA. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Jupiter", (c) 2008. Light from a cathedral’s stained glass windows reflected in an empty, hammered brass baptismal font. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Jupiter", (c) 2008. Light from a cathedral’s stained glass windows reflected in an empty, hammered brass baptismal font. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Rushing Water", (c) 2011. Oneida Falls waterfall in Ricketts Glen State Park, PA. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Rushing Water", (c) 2011. Oneida Falls waterfall in Ricketts Glen State Park, PA. Color photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Windflower", (c) 2014. Close-up of an Anemone flower. Black and White photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
"Windflower", (c) 2014. Close-up of an Anemone flower. Black and White photograph available on photographic paper, fine art watercolor paper, canvas or metal, signed limited edition available in multiple sizes.
Studio exterior walk-out door provides direct public access to the basement studio.
Studio exterior walk-out door provides direct public access to the basement studio.
Front of the house shows lots of driveway parking available in addition to street parking on the cul-de-sac.
Front of the house shows lots of driveway parking available in addition to street parking on the cul-de-sac.

Offering on tour: Matted photographs, framed photographs, and photo notecards for sale. I will also be taking custom orders. Information and discounts for our photography classes and workshop will be available exclusively for studio visitors.

Map and Directions:

Stop #8

Directions to Bella Vista Photography:

From Route 9 West (Charles Town Pike) turn RIGHT on Old Stage Place (we are located on the section of Route 9 between Hamilton Station Road and Berlin Turnpike), take the second LEFT on Brookhill Court. Bella Vista Photography is located at the second of three houses on the block.