"Where Image Meets Imagination"
Hello! Thank you for joining me on this journey!
I believe Art has a Power ~ a Power to move us ~ A Power to take us on infinite journeys through windows of space and time, journeys limited only by our imaginations. A Power to give us moments in life to pause, reflect > connect with the emotional > spiritual realms of our beings. My hope is to capture, and for the viewer to experience, the essence of that Power.
Each journey begins with my imagination and multiple layers of my original photos. Incorporating a detailed process of dismantling, editing, and reconstruction I create a new, unique piece of art which then tells a story of its own. Inspiration comes in many forms... things I see, feel, dream, imagine, and believe in. All the photos and textures I use in my pieces are ones I took myself.
The blending of different patterns, colors, and elements, as well as the unusual and thought-provoking aspects of life have always fascinated me. It seemed a natural progression to merge these styles together into my own work.
Being moved to tears by the rich colors, mystery, and emotional influence of masters such as Thomas Cole, as well intrigued by the mind-bending works of artists like Magritte and Escher has helped to shape and design my passion to create. One of the most exciting parts of the journey for me is never knowing what the next story will be.
If you would like to learn more or would like something special created just for yourself or as a gift, feel free to contact me and I will help make your vision a reality!
"Where Image Meets Imagination"
Shara Abel transports her viewers on infinite journeys through space and time with her thought-provoking photographic art creations. Sensing a kindred spirit to the complexity of conceptual art, composites, and surrealism, you can often see these characteristics mirrored in Shara's fantasy pieces.
Carefully crafting together multiple layers of her original photographic images through a detailed process of dismantling, editing > reconstructing, Shara creates unique new pieces, which then tell stories of their own. All images, photos, and textures used in her work are photos she has taken herself.
Shara's journey began after winning her first photography contest in 2009. In 2011, she moved from Northern Virginia to Central Florida and decided to pursue her passion for photography.
While exploring traditional photography avenues she continually felt an intense pull to create something more than the image before her. Through extensive experimentation Shara discovered how to create “visual magic” in 2017, and her fire was lit!
In 2019 Shara completed the New York Institute of Photography program and continues to learn by persistent study and experimentation. She is grateful to the artists and photographers who have shared their knowledge along the way.
Shara earned and was awarded her photographic judging certificate in 2022 from the Florida Camera Club Council.
Shara's work has been well received and won many awards. Her work has appeared in multiple exhibits at museums, galleries and shows. Her work has also been used commercially and is held in domestic and international private collections.