I have owned a camera, and traveled with it, for as long as I can remember. Self taught at 19 with a Canon A1 and a few Zeis lenses, I did my learning on the go. I discovered workshops at 50, and participated annually with The Rocky Mountain School, Santa Fe Institute, and LEPP (George) now Light Photography Studios – to name just a few. This exposure to great photography, (and great photographers) along with a lot of travel, facilitated my development as a through-the-lens artist with a personal style and outlook.

The time spent in India and Africa has shaped both my World View and my Work. Following Wildlife founded my appreciation for light and movement. Capturing Architecture taught me to see shape as an expression of love as well as function. My image of Fatipur Sikri (India) was published in Southwest Art (2002) as part of a special retrospective on emerging California Artists. My image of the Ahwahnee Bridge in Yosemite NP, was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,DC, as part of their campaign to catalogue and preserve our Historic Bridges.

I have chased light and lines from Monument Valley to China. And when not abroad, I spend my time exploring National Park from the Carolinas to the Pacific Northwest. I have participated in jurried shows locally throughout California, and been a member of various Art Associations (San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Avila Beach), formal Galleries (The Haub Gallery in San Luis Obispo, The Gallery @ Marina Square in Morro Bay, Morovino in Avila Beach; The Artist Alley in San Francisco). Currently, I live in Sedona, Arizona. I am currently a member of the Sedona Art Center (SAC), the Sedona Visual Artists Association (SVAC) and the Sedona Camera Club and exhibit locally in the Sedona and Northern Arizona area. I may be contacted at 928.451.2347 or marysden@gmail.com. 

My Work is always an attempt to capture the moment, but in the end, ~ it’s all about the Light.