Creating Art Through Photography



Standing in the snow in the wee hours of the morning to capture in her lens the glitter of ice sickles in the sun's first rays, is scenic-travel photographer Bernadette Heath's job.

"It's not as glamourous as people like to think it is," Heath said. "But it's a great life."


Artist Bernadette Heath's slogan is, ‘attitude is everything'. "I've had to change my attitude drastically in order to be successful," she said. "I did not always see the beauty or hear the music. It was only when I changed my attitude and let go of my frustrations that I was able to (become) quiet enough inside to see what I needed to see."

She got her first camera when she was 16.

"I was always my dad's huntin' dog, fishin' buddy and we were always outside, I just put the two together."

After graduating from the Minneapolis School of Art she got married and had a family.

She continued to paint, draw, make pottery and hike.

When her oldest child graduated high school, she went back to school and spent the next two years learning photo equipment.

More than 26 years in Arizona, (two and a half in Payson) she has a gallery of more than 50,000 images.

Heath supplies stock photography to numerous publications such as National Geographic Adventure, Sunset magazine and the National Wildlife Federation.

She has had exhibits in Sky Harbor Gallery.

"Rock Art Along the Way" is her most recent book and she is working on a line of cards.

There have been trials along the way.

In 2001 she said she joined many a travel photographer in "the soup line," but she took up artistic glass -- jewelry and wall hangings -- until the market came back.

Now she does both.

"My fused glass jewelry is more popular than the photography," she said.

Heath is one of the 33 featured artists welcoming the public into their studios on the Fifth Annual Self-Guided Studio Tour presented by the Payson Art League.

"Being able to go studio to studio and see where artists work and ask them questions on their progress is more personal than going to a big show," said Peggy Gould, artist and publicity coordinator.

Free tickets and maps are available at the Payson Public Library, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at each art studio.

Studios will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7.

Artists will be raffling off an item representative of their medium.

Proceeds from the raffle go to send artists and art programs into local classrooms.

'Neath the Rim 2006 Open Art Studio Tour

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5, 6 and 7.

Presented by the Payson Art League.

Free advance tickets at the Payson Public Library and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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