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Fruit Harvest

Fruit Harvest

It’s harvest time, and what better way to celebrate nature’s bounty (besides eating!) than with still life arrangements and photographs of our lush and vibrant fruits?

In these compositions, I wanted to showcase each type of fruit in its best light, while creating a balance of hues, textures, shapes and sizes.  I encourage the viewer to visually roam through the images, almost tasting the ripened fruit with your eyes.

As with all of my still life projects, I spend about 98% of my working time composing and lighting the tableau.  I strive to capture all that I possibly can “in camera”, and very minimally post-process (i.e., Photoshop) the image after capture.  With these images my use of Photoshop was limited to removing a couple of ants that somehow slipped my notice while I was shooting.  It’s ok.  I don’t think they ate very much.


Born and raised in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Karen holds a deep-seeded connection to the ever-changing landscape of the mountains. Her photographic subjects reflect her reverence for the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world. Karen's career in photography began while working with nonverbal, autistic and learning disabled children on improving their communication skills. With a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Karen developed computer based communication systems using photographs that she took with her clients of objects and people in their lives. Photography helped these special-needs individuals see the world in different ways and facilitated their creativity as well as their communication skills. For several years, Karen juggled careers as both a speech-language pathologist and a professional photographer, but when she became a mother Karen realized that she could not continue careers in both fields. She took a “break” from her work as a speech-language pathologist, and ultimately, never went back. For the past several years, Karen has explored the fine art of still life photography, as well as abstract images using smoke with objects she hand-created. Her still life images containing botanicals, sea shells, butterflies, fossils and geodes, as well as her totally unique images of smoke have earned her national and international accolades, as well as coveted awards, including many from juried, fine art competitions. After living in many parts of the US, Asia and Europe, Karen has settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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