Marissa Saurer is an artist blending photography and painting with digital tools, focusing the camera on food, nature and the environment.
MS: I am a photographer who sometimes tries to walk the line between photography and painting. I do this by bringing my images into Corel Painter®, and digitally painting over them using my own brush strokes.
I have been a food photographer for a few years now working in the restaurant and craft beer industry. While I love food, I have recently expanded into landscape photography due to my love for nature and the outdoors. Some of my work has been specifically to help environmental causes.
I love the entire process, from getting out in the field, to capturing compositions to digital editing to the final product into whatever that final form the art takes. It may sound a little crazy, but I let the images themselves tell me what they want to become. If my art can raise awareness for environmental issues, that is a huge reward.
For my whole career, I’ve worked on a commercial level, doing work to fit into a client’s specific brand. While I now have the freedom to create want, I find it’s more difficult to monetize art for art’s sake.
In a few weeks, I’ll be leaving for a 10-day photo expedition to Iceland. I’ll be traveling the entire country in a camper collecting images. Some will end up as raw photography with my signature black vignette, while others will become actual physical wall paintings. Many will fall somewhere in between those two, somewhere along the spectrum. If there is enough good work from that trip, I plan to have a gallery show in April or May of next year. My long-term goals are to shoot and document the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the planet so that future generations can see and understand them before they melt/disappear.
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