Biography

VISION

To produce the highest quality and most esthetically pleasing fine art photographs and paintings
BACKGROUND

When I was young I always had a camera in my hand. I loved travelling, which I did often on vacation and in my job since it allowed me to frequently indulge in my passion. When career responsibilities took over, photography became more of a part-time activity.

Since I retired from academic life in 2007, I have devoted myself to fine art photography and more recently painting.

I work exclusively with digital cameras and “develop” images in the computer. My expertise has come from multiple courses and workshops taken over the years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto School of Art, Niagara School of Imaging, Toronto School of Art, etc.

I paint on canvas or birch panels to produce original pieces, incorporating various media in the art work.

CURRENT

My home is in Oakville (near Toronto, Canada) where I have a studio, conduct workshops and show my work in my home gallery. To view, contact me: perduemary@live.com.

I am an active member of the Heliconian Club, the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and Oakville Art Works.

Projects include:

1) Portraits of women members of the Heliconian Club (a club for women in the arts), taken for a book released in Nov 2012. This project was special because the women achieved so much in their lifetimes. My objective with these and all portraits is to portray the unique personality of each individual.

2) Landscapes, including Georgian Bay where we have a cottage, the Rocky Mountains where we love to hike and ski, and areas of unique geography such as the deserts and land formations of the southwest USA.

3) Travel to obtain unique photographs of people, streetscapes, landscapes, markets and other subjects. One project has been photographing the people and the streets of Old Havana, an area of the city that tourists seldom visit. These scenes form the basis of my book, "Havana Reality". See the images in my portfolio. Contact me to purchase.

4) Black and white images, processed to emphasize contrast and texture. This was my original passion and it continues to excite me!

5) Painting abstracts in oil and cold wax, to create pleasing combinations of colour and shapes.

6) One of my current projects involves a combination of photography and painting in which the image is revealed through a veil of translucent glazes.

PURCHASE

Because of the various possibilities of printing and presentation, I have not included prices. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me by email (perduemary@live.com) to discuss your preferences and I will send you a quote.