Mary Louise Ravese

Raleigh, NC | Exhibiting Since 2022

I make fine art nature, travel and creative photographs from locations across the globe. My favorite subject matter includes landscapes, nature close-ups, architectural details and abstracts. My photos are about intriguing juxtapositions of vibrant colors, contrasting tones, dynamic shapes, and unique textures. I create both color and black & white images. I take pride in personally processing my images in my digital darkroom to reflect my artistic vision.

I draw inspiration from a number of different art forms such as traditional Japanese block prints, to 1930s-era advertising posters, to painters like Georgia O’Keefe. My ambition is to incorporate the beauty of painting in the clarity of photography to make “painterly” looking photographs. I also enjoy expanding the context of my artwork to include the artwork’s presentation. For example, I like to use a combination of mat and frame color, texture and finish to enhance the beauty of my images, complementing and completing each piece of art and making it more than just a beautiful image. My signed, Limited Edition photographs are printed using archival methods and are available on a variety of materials including traditional silver halide based photographic paper, fine art paper, canvas, metal and wood.

Mary Louise is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Raleigh, NC. For over 25 years, Mary Louise has specialized in nature, travel and creative photography from locations across the U.S. and throughout the world. Trained in the use of both 4×5 and 35mm cameras, today Mary Louise shoots with full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras, producing photographs in color and black and white.