In 2016, I became associated with NonStop Staging as an image development specialist. In the course of producing photography and media to enhance their internet presence, I was presented with the opportunity to produce three panels of large format custom art for a wonderful property they staged on Anna Maria Island.
The elevated waterfront home was listed at over three million dollars, but unfortunately, the water was not very visible on first impression. What this residence needed was a large, tasteful impact statement that underlined the fact that it was indeed located on the island waters.
With that in mind, I set out on a mission to capture a nearby local scene that would portray the island and waterfront theme this home called for. I was drawn to a setting that captivates everyone who knows the north end of the island, the Anna Maria City Pier.
My heart was beating a little faster than usual as I squinted at the distant pier in my camera view finder, my big lens framed it lavishly with turquoise water and a generous border of bold sea grapes boasting splashes of lime, orange and mango colors–contrasted with intense black shadows.
After settling on the most desirable image, I faced many hours of photo editing and enhancement on the computer. When the digital files were printed and mounted on panels that covered an area ten feet wide by six and a half feet tall, I set about applying hand embellishments with gold and silver leaf and other subtle touches with mixed media.
It’s impossible to describe the emotion that goes into creating a custom image such as this and then having the privilege of observing the impression it creates in the room for which it was particularly designed.
Original art is one thing. Large format custom art is quite another.
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Anna Maria City Pier, Anna Maria Island, Florida
Three Panels, 6.5′ x 10′