Fluid Universe

MaryAnn’s early years were spent in pre WWII Germany surrounded by family and friends, many of whom were gifted writers and musicians. She won her first award at a juried competition in Marin County, CA, and for many years had a thriving business traveling to horse shows and ranches up and down the west coast taking photographs. The Quarter Horse Journal published many of those images. During those years she kept a darkroom and processed her own film. An interest in aerial photography led her to obtain a pilot’s license, and she spent many flights photographing both as a pilot and as a passenger. In reaction to these flights far above the earth, she felt the need to get closer to the small things in nature and “I believe it was during this time that my love for macro photography evolved.” After pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology and a later career in handwriting forensics she retired and now devotes most of her time to photography. “A long life affords many opportunities for learning, exploring and photographing.”

Virgil Sova

Virgil Sova’s paintings and prints have been exhibited in more than one hundred national, international and one-man shows and are in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe. He has won awards at the National Academy of Design, The Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, The Knickerbocker Artists and Neo-Graphics to name just a few. During five consecutive years the Pastel Society of America bestowed top awards on Sova’s work, including the award for Most Innovative Use of Pastel and in 1986 he was elected Master Pastelist by the society, thus placing the artist in the vanguard of contemporary pastelists. Recently his work was included in the French Invitational for pastel painting and the exhibition Master Pastelists of the Pastel Society of America, which toured major museums in the United States.