ONCE UPON A SPRINGTIME I was handed a used Nikon N 90 film camera with a 200mm lens.
I was given a brief overview of how the camera worked and then, was left to discover.
The obsession took root.
My subject matter - peace of mind.
I've had everything else, I'm just looking for peace of mind.
As you visit my site you will see some staged scenes, my garden is my studio, and you will see some images I could never set up. In both cases I'm waiting - for light and life. Waiting, to see what the garden will conjure.
Inviting you to dream, catch your breath, rest.
I am humbled to say my work hangs in many commercial offices, health facilities and private homes worldwide.
Auspicious circumstances led to Window Art installations at The Women's and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights and St. Joseph Hospital Chicago.
My book; IN THE GARDEN COLLECTION is available on Amazon.
In addition to my ART I've developed a Collection of Women's Accessories, nature inspired Scarves & Ponchos, as well as other unique items using my images.
Whenever I travel, I am always on the lookout for peace of mind. So as you browse the Gallery Section you will see images that reach far beyond my garden.
And if you are wondering who handed me that old Nikon, it was my husband Hall of Fame Chicago Tribune Photographer Val Mazzenga. Amazing in every way.
Before I picked up that camera-
Shelly has always been drawn to the world of art. She is a gifted vocalist, has found considerable success on television, as a Spokesperson for multinational companies, as a voice-over artist and published writer. As an accomplished singer, Shelly has been a featured headliner in a variety of venues, including nightclubs, cruise ships and corporate conventions from Chicago to Las Vegas to cities in the Far East.
As a seasoned and versatile on-camera and voice-over artist, Shelly's on air work includes hosting numerous television shows, telethons, Emmy award winning documentary's as well as corporate videos. She has traveled worldwide as a Spokesperson for international companies introducing products and services.
Writing magazine articles is also part of her repertoire, with pieces in such publications as PBS's "City Talk" and "Women's World". In the corporate sector, Shelly has gained considerable attention for her effectiveness as a Presentation Trainer and Executive Coach.
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