Mentorship Student Portfolios

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Laureen Vellante
Rowayton, Connecticut
Workshops: MV Workshop 2014; Mentorship 2014-2015

I grew up in New Jersey, and now live in Rowayton, Connecticut. I'm basically a self-taught photographer, freelancing as a photojournalist since 1988.

My current passion is creating beautifully abstracted images of seascapes and woods.

I had first-hand, personal encounters with Hurricanes Ike, Irene, and Sandy. Photographing the devastation caused by these hurricanes propelled me into a new depth of creativity. I began to shoot the sea, sands, and woodlands post-destruction – traveling to random locations up and down the coast, at different times of day, throughout each season, and in a variety of weather conditions.

I'm drawn to nature’s abstract wonder and juxtapositions: the moments of calm or ferociousness, fluidity or stillness, the rich or barely distinguishable colors, the ever-changing mood swings and imminent rupture.  

My experience with the Mentorship:
Soon after embarking on my woods and water fine art series, I realized that I wanted to keep going further. I wanted to get more fullness and richness out of my work, to learn how to expand my fine artwork to gallery level. I had taken various courses with Alison spanning over 20 years and finally, I decided the time was right to launch into the Mentorship.

I learned to create a solid portfolio and further gained an understanding and definition of my own unique style. I loved being stretched and challenged to produce and perform beyond my perceived limits. We interacted with like-minded artists, and had encouraging critiques, helping me hone in on my unique signature perspective as an artist. The balance of Alison's creative insight and Sue's skills helped me gain confidence and move forward, with a fuller understanding of both the art and business of photography. 

Workshops at a Glance

Focus on You

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
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Sharpen your Focus:
Taking your work to the next level

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
October 5, 2020 –
April 30, 2021
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Staying in Focus

Alison & Sue
July 27, 2020 -
June 11, 2021
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Cape Cod 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
September 18-20, 2020
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Martha's Vineyard 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
September 25-27, 2020
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