about - ZannaLea Photographic Art, Davis, CA
Susanna Lea (a.k.a. ZannaLea) works out of her home in the town of Davis, California. She is blessed to have lived most of her life in Northern California, a region of unparalleled beauty and diverse landscapes, and to have been raised with the ethos of San Francisco a city distinguished by its existence outside the box, in which creative, progressive thought and vision thrive, and where every soul is encouraged to live and express his or her true self. Her work is derived from the bounty of these influences.
Artist's Statement: I refer to myself as a “Photographic Artist.” Although much of the work I create appears to be generated from artists' media such as watercolor, chalk, ink, or embroidery, each piece has evolved from a photograph I have taken — some with some with my Nikon, some with my iPhone. The art emerges when a certain shot suggests to me a non-photographic, abstract or traditionally artistic style or medium. Alternating between various digital processing programs, I modulate that photo, employing a combination of artistic intuition and painstaking experimentation. I begin with generalized adjustments in line with my initial impression. As I go, and as the applications become increasingly detail specific, hints of new potential occasionally emerge, which may lead me down an entirely unexpected path. The style, texture, tone and color of each completed piece reflect my perception of the inherent beauty or endearing quirks of the subject. My artistic objective is to distance photography from recording objective reality, and share the delight I experience when allowing my mind's eye to linger, mingle and play with what I see. To inspire the viewer — you — to live your life and perceive your world, even the most mundane aspects, with imagination.