Bees and Blooms Exhibit

April 5 – August 28, Cannon Gallery

Artist’s Statement:

The collection of macro images of bees and blooms in their native environment celebrates the art of nature, the beauty and wonder God created in the bees and blooms. The colorful metal and metallic canvas images showcase the features of the small natural world as photographed in blooming trees and flower gardens. 

The plight of pollinators, their value to our food supply, and the causes for their declining population are receiving national attention, with pollination by honeybees responsible for one-third of our food and nearly $20 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Deana B understands the issues are extremely important and has witnessed the alarming population decline firsthand. 

Deana B’s macro photography commenced in the 2002 with weekend classes taught by Barbara Brundege through the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, along with numerous workshops where she was encouraged to “get closer, get closer.” She gained tremendous insight from a mentorship with Barbara focusing on enhancing the images to capture the intricate features of flowers with bees. Since 2010, she has specialized in photographing bees on blooms in exquisite detail at a distance of several inches. The unique body of images focus upon the beauty of bees in nature, all different but sharing a common theme, with attention to microscopic level features, use of color and position of blooms.

The images made their debut with an “Art in the Garden” exhibit at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion at Virginia Tech with the former director commenting, “It’s really outstanding and couldn’t bee (pun!) more garden-oriented.” During “Seasons with Bees and Blooms” they were described as “amazing, astonishing, exquisite, incredible, strikingly beautiful, stunning – beautiful works of art.”

Large images of colorful bees and blooms, allow the viewer to appreciate the art of nature at eye level and see the beauty and wonder of bees and blooms, their interdependence and importance. Georgia O’Keeffe wrote that she magnified her flowers because “… nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t the time.” Deana B has used O’Keeffe’s premise and brought bees to life in their natural habitat for everyone to see and treasure. The large glossy metal and metallic canvas prints utilize high-definition photographic imaging to enhance the “bee-utiful” details, depth of field and background illumination.

Deana B may be contacted at deanabmarion@gmail.com or (540) 529-8671.

Buzzing Bees and Blooms Booklet © Deana B Marion, Revised March 2020 

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