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Jean Schnell
Southborough, MA
Workshops: Cape Cod Art Assoc 2012; MV Workshop 2013; Mentorship 2013-2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-2015, 2015-2016

"White Series"
Colors have meaning, and the meaning of white is innocence, purity and simplicity. It also means complete, or whole. On the negative side, white can be sterile or stark.
One of the photographic exercises I worked on during my Mentorship year was to photograph color as a subject. I have always loved to photograph flowers, and recently my love for flowers has been focused on photographing in white: white flowers, white backgrounds, or a combination of both. I have also enjoyed the challenge of figuring out what it is that makes a white picture compelling, but not stark or sterile.

I came to photography late in life. I spent my working years as a nurse, health educator and a single mother of two. When my kids went to college, I began to photograph. I started, in 2005, with classes on how to use a digital camera, moved on to classes in composition, and went on from there. I have loved every second of my photographic journey.

My goal in photography is to enjoy the process, and to make photographs that convert my own joy and delight in the world around me. I hope that you enjoy my white series, as I have had so much fun making it with the things I love: camera, flowers, and color. I am especially happy to share them on this website, as they are a direct result of Alison’s guidance during my Mentorship year.

My experience with the Mentorship:
I highly recommend the Mentorship given by Alison and Sue. My photography has grown by leaps and bounds under their guidance. Even more important to me has been my growing confidence in my own artistic voice coupled with the knowledge of what to do with that voice. Alison and Sue have a wonderful capacity to work with a group of people with a wide variety of expertise, and a wide variety of artistic expression. They have worked with each person “where they are” and taken each person to a whole new level. It has been such a great year, I could not bear the thought of working without Alison and Sue, so I signed up for another year!

Workshops at a Glance

Cape Cod 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
June 7-9, 2019
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Martha's Vineyard weeklong

Alison Shaw
September 15-21, 2019
only 4 spots left!
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Martha's Vineyard 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
October 11-13, 2019
only 1 spot left!
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Focus on You

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
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Private coaching with Alison
Introductory hour
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Sharpen your Focus:
Taking your work to the next level

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
October 21, 2019 –
May 13, 2020
7 spots available
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Staying in Focus

Alison & Sue
July 9, 2019 -
June 3, 2020
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Colors of Maine

Alison Shaw
July 21-27, 2019
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