Jessica Manelis

Jessica Manelis

I have been creating art since grade school. At age 11, I began taking art classes every Saturday afternoon. Throughout high school, I continued drawing and painting in a variety of mediums and ultimately settled at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, pursuing a career in the professional arts.

While at Moore, I received many accolades from my instructors and won competitions where my work was featured in magazines. Upon graduation, I settled in to a career as a graphic designer. Finding that creatively stunting, I set out to pursue my true creative passion.

Self-taught, I fell into photography as a means of generating reference photos for future art projects. However, I found the photo process was more fun. Embracing the medium, my work has been exhibited in several group shows in Huntington, NY, Bethesda, MD, and Philadelphia, PA, most recently at The Philadelphia Sketch Club's Photography 2010 exhibit in October.

Currently I live with my husband, two kids and two dogs in southern New Jersey.

Like most photographers, I am always looking for that unique perspective or "special something" in an image. My work embraces various styles from clean crisp well-defined images with an interesting and vital point of view to compelling composition and fresh simplicity. My aim is to entice the viewer to look at the details to become aware of the color and form of the subject. Even when using textures to enhance a photo, the viewer is drawn in and the subject maintains its focus and import