Some of Elizabeth Opalenik’s evocative photographs call to mind the lush, sensual portraits of Neo-classical painters like Bouguereau and Leighton—with a modern twist. Others hold a more surreal quality, seemingly dancing between dreamworld and reality. In all cases, her work is a celebration of form, movement and emotion.
Raised on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, Elizabeth wore many hats before settling on that of an artist. A bit of a chameleon, she’s been Accounting Manager at the Continental Oil Company, manager of a jazz club, and owner of a construction/interior design business. But after a two-week photography workshop in the late ‘70s, she changed careers and never looked back.
Here’s what she has to say about her work:
The work with dancers and water imagery portrays impressions of motion and the emotions they create while the philanthropic work photographically conveys our universal connections. I believe that all good photographs are self portraits.
Elizabeth’s works are collected and published both here in the US and abroad. She is represented by Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe and Gallery 291 in Mill Valley, California.
See her at SPECTRUM Miami this December, exhibiting in Booth 501 with Artisan Direct, and find her online at www.elizabethopalenik.com.