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"Nothing can compare to God's creations, I merely want to
capture those creations or situations that you may have missed."
I live in the wonderful state of Florida and I have always wanted
to be an artist/photographer, even as a child. A talent and appreciation
for the arts was passed down to me from my grandmother and mother.
I attended Ringling School of Art and Seminole State College.
Next were studies with private instructors covering different
types of visual arts such as pastel portraiture, pottery, glass
bead making among others. While I have taken many courses in visual
art I have never taken one in photography or Photoshop in person
but I have started to attend/watch some online through Creative
Live. I look forward to learning more about Photoshop and believe
it will shape my photography work in the future.
While I am still an amateur I have been fortunate enough to have
several pieces picked up that are currently available online at
major retailers such as Overstock, Target and Sears. Through my
work I hope I am able to evoke hope, happiness, and understanding,
while with other images even sadness, despair or anger.
I am a happily married mother of 2 wonderful homeschooled children,
and I love my pets (two dogs, two parrots, and one cat). I enjoy
capturing all types of images but my favorites are wildlife (birds
mainly), people, pets, and flowers. I collect art of all types
and love antiques. I love facebook and spend too much time on
it. I can be found at
UPDATE: AUGUST 2014 - APRIL 2017
Update since 2014
It is still my desire to be able to evoke many emotions with my
images such as hope, happiness, solace and sometimes even sadness,
despair or anger. Some of my personal fine art images have a dream
like quality encompassing both elements of light and dark. These
images combine several of my own images as composites –
I will not use others stock images.
My schedule is still hectic and it doesn’t leave a lot of
time for my photography. My mother has MS and is now currently
in hospice and it has been a sad long hard battle for her, my
father and our family as a whole. I know my love of art comes
to me from my beautiful mother and her beautiful mother (who has
passed since my 2014 update). I no longer homeschool my boys,
one has graduated with his Computer Engineering degree at 20yrs
of age and the other will have his Electrical Engineering degree
in about 2 years at 21years of age. I now work a full-time job
outside photography for a utility company. I still have 5 pets
along with my two boys and wonderful husband at home to take care
Pet photography is a love of mine and I was hired to do several
Grand Openings for Pet Supermarket in the Central Florida area.
I would love to do pet photography full time at some point in
the near future. I feel that pets are some people’s children
and to others they are a valued member of the family. Unfortunately,
their lifespans are not that long and we ultimately lose them
far too early. I want to be able to give people a lovely, lasting
portrait that is considered a piece of art to remember their cherished
friend. I write this with my male Eclectus, “Mr. Pickles,”
a mere few inches from my hand – he thinks he’s a
dog and is a big talker but has recently started “meowing”
so he is really confused.
In this age of digital photography, it can and is a real heartbreak
when digital goes wrong. Case in point: my son got me a new larger
hard drive that I used to back up my old images and then started
putting my new ones on and then it went belly up. I cried for
probably weeks and contacted all sorts of people to try and recover
the picture. In the end, I never could find a reasonable service
to recover them. Even having a son with a computer engineering
degree didn’t help!! Those lost images of our kids and puppy
are still hopefully inside and one day can be recovered. You would
think I had learn my lesson
…in October of 2016, I mistakenly erased all my phone photos
AND videos (again with newest puppy images). Just as before, these
couldn’t be retrieved - so again, I cried for days.
I have photographed several weddings since 2014 and have enjoyed
them all and produced books for each of those. I printed a book
of my bird images as gifts for friends and family in 2015 and
I really loved how it turned out.
Being a typical woman, I always have taken care of everyone else
before myself. This proved to be a big mistake on my part as I
ignored a small pimple-like thing on the end of my nose for about
two years. Turns out it was Basel cell cancer, and when I finally
got it looked at it was already deep. They removed it but had
to do plastic surgery to close it up. That surgery didn’t
turn out well and I now have a scar that runs down the length
of my nose! However, I have taken this as a call to action to
alert others about the dangers of not wearing sunscreen. In my
own unique way, I let family, friends and Facebook followers learn
about my scare with a rare image of myself with my lovely sutures
being pulled by a crow under a full shining sun. I shared the
image with my physicians who really liked it.
I attended Photoshop World in 2017. What a guilty pleasure for
3 1⁄2 days being around so many talented people. Having
models to shoot was a dream come true. I hope to use all this
new-found knowledge to further my photoshop abilities. I also
saved enough to finally purchase my newest Canon (7d Mark II)
for my birding and pet photography.
I have also been uploading my work to a site called Viewbug where
my gallery can be seen here: https://www.viewbug.com/member/PattyTuggle
I have been a member since July 2014 and I really like the site
and feedback from other photographers. The website lists me as
being among the top 10 percent most popular photographers on the
My work has appeared in print in FL Agriculture Magazine, the
Osceola News Journal and the 2014 Best of Photography yearbook
2014 by Photographer’s Forum .
Solos shows of my work have been held at: St. Cloud Community
Bank, Osceola County Main Library, St Cloud Branch Library, The
OUC Building in Kissimmee, FL, The Osceola County Tag Services
Main Branch Building, Susan’s Courtside Café, Joint
Maneuvers Chiropractic Center and multiple sidewalk Art shows
in downtown St. Cloud FL.
As of 2017, some of my work is still being licensed through Trademark
Fine arts and sold through many online retailers such as Amazon,
eBay, Overstock, Sears, Staples, Kohls and many more. I have just
started selling some of my work through Adobe stock and am hopeful
it will bring more recognition and sales.
I’m still currently working on an ongoing personal project
centered around a very large dying pine tree in my neighbor’s
yard. I have probably taken a thousand or more pictures of this
tree since 2009 – I plan on creating a book of images soon.
I fear it will be very soon as it is leaning and bare but still
has signs of life otherwise. It currently (2017) houses a pair
of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers and their young. I am also collecting
images of truck backs for another book that I will produce in
the future as well as hopefully a book with nothing but church
Another project I am currently working on is collecting old family
photos and preserving them for future generations of my family
to enjoy and pass along one day as well. Collecting old photographs
and cameras is another passion of mine.
Multiple 1st place awards in Osceola & Volusia County and
State Fair Photo Competitions 2001 - 2014
Honorable Mention in Women in Photography International’s
Faces Juried Exhibition 2010
Multiple different awards 2nd 3rd and Honorable Mentions at the
Osceola Center for the Arts, FL
“The Crow’s Garden” was chosen as an Image of
the day by Daniel Miller at Duncan Miller Gallery
Staff Selection for image in 2015 at Viewbug.com
Member Selection Award for Egret Image in 2016 at Viewbug.com
People’s Choice in Fancy Dressed Pets in 2017 at Viewbug.com
Finalist in Black and White in 2014 Photographer’s Forum
Best of Photography 2014.
Finalist in Fine Art Category in Julia Margaret Cameron Awards
for my image “The Crow’s Garden”
2nd Place in Children’s Category in FL Agriculture Magazine.
i Women in Photography International
juried competition, juror Clive Waring, editor /Silversots "i
AM woman i AM digital" Exhibition n the categories: Animals,
Objects and Cell / Tablet
My image “Do not cross” was featured as one of the
most interesting by Smashing Magazine in their World of Signage
Charter Member of Women in Photography International
for all images remains the property of exhibited photographer,
and promotional use for Women In Photography International. All
inquiries regarding use of and purchasing image use rights must
be directed to the photographer.
GALLERY & BIO complete
August 30, 2014
Photographer response new UPDATES AUGUST 2014 - APRIL 2017
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