always been fascinated with light, color, flowers and beautiful
paper. I love handling the natural materials. I've focused my camera
on other subjects, but have always come back to the flowers...because
I need Beauty in my world.
The flower or leaf’s interior space is revealed as light is
shone through in the photographic process. The more translucent
the plant or flower, the better the backlighting illumination, so
I look for that when I choose my “models”.We grow many
of the flowers you see and our friends are generous to let us pick
flowers in their gardens. Take a look at some of the titles and
you'll see friends' names, and street names where we've lived and
where my gardens were.
I use words like "dance" or "float" in the titles
to illustrate what I see as the compositions evolve, and to portray
the emotions I put into the work. Even at 5" x 7" card
size you can see the close-up detail of the plants and flowers--their
veins, water droplets, stems and leaves. They’re not perfect
flowers, they’ve lived a bit and that brings more visual interest
I enjoy and appreciate many artists and photographers and many kinds
of art, but I always go back to Matisse, Gauguin, and Imogen Cunningham
when I want to bask in imagery.
My art is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Ruth Green Hollingsworth.
My company, Green Ink, is named after her. She had confidence in
me when I doubted myself the most.
Education, Work and Websites:
An Ohio native, McLemore splits her year between Columbus, OH and
McLemore holds bachelor degrees in English Literature and Fine Arts
from Miami University and Columbus College of Art & Design respectively,
and an MFA in art photography from The Ohio State University.
McLemore worked in radio/television and in advertising for fifteen
years before she left to devote herself to art full time. She is
also an educator, having taught photography, digital imaging and
history of photography at Columbus College of Art & Design and
photography at The Ohio State University.
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