Mary Mortensen has spent over 30 years as a working photographer and artist and is a respected leader and lecturer in the photographic art industry. She first picked up a camera when her father and brother started a darkroom and knew she had found a new passion. She opened her photography studio 30+ years ago with her husband Al and had focused her photography on families and children. Her adorable children’s work has been featured in magazine articles, calendars and enjoyed by clients around the country. Mary holds the prestigious degrees of Master Artist, Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. She is a Life Member of the Professional Photographers of America and a past president and recipient of the Hall of Fame Award from the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association. As a member of the Dead Artist Society, Mary continues to pursue her passion for art by studying the works of the Old Masters and transforming their art techniques into modern art. Mary has always loved nature and the outdoors and has a deep appreciation for fine art landscape and nature photography. It was only natural that at some point she would find her own niche as a fine artist. Many of her images have a very painterly quality that makes you wonder how did she do that? Many ask, is that a photograph or a painting? As an experienced painter Mary loves that quality in her photography work and credits her many years of lighting experience as the reason her images look the way they do. Mary's passion for abstract art is expressed in her artwork self-titled "geoscapes". By incorporating her photography with manipulating pages from print media, she has created dynamic textured art pieces. Her images have become collectible almost immediately and she looks forward to all of the exciting possibilities as she pursues her passion for fine art.
About The Artist
Allen began his career in photography over 40 years ago as a professional school photographer. He opened his photography studio 30+ years ago with his wife Mary and has focused his photography on families, high school seniors and underclass. His work has been featured in magazine articles and enjoyed by clients around the country. Allen holds the prestigious degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America and has been awarded the prestigious Photographer of the Year Gold Award. He is a member of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association and was awarded the Fellow Degree from them.