It was a tremendous honor, to have my favorite photographer, Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography write on my behalf for a feature in Dear Photographer Magazine as one of the “2016 Most Influential Artists”. So instead of fumbling through a lengthy description of my background, I thought it best to share her beautiful words and insights, that I’m still trying to ponder if I’m worthy of receiving. Thanks for reading!
“Stormy’s work is exquisite. Each image looks as though it has been pulled from a storybook, one I could read over and over and discover new details with each new read. She has the ability to anchor her subjects in strength while also allowing genuine tenderness to pour out, and this is no small feat. Her style is unique and her talent is rare.
As an artist myself I try to gain inspiration purely from the beauty in nature and within relationships rather than from other artists, but, Stormy is indeed an exception to my rule. When I look at her work it makes me better. Strands of hair blowing in the wind, breathtaking skies wrapping around her subjects, her perspective of intense thoughtfulness from behind the lens… it’s as though her body of work has a soundtrack all its own, and it is classical and brave and kind.
I had the honor of spending a day with Stormy up close last year, face to face, alongside her family and she is the most humble and endearing woman I have ever encountered. She has a way of making people feel at home in her presence which I believe is what also allows the subjects in her photographs to become at ease and spring to life so beautifully in her images. That matched with her daydream-like backgrounds and her spellbinding vision just makes for unmatched imagery.” — Joy Prouty, Wildflowers Photography