About Us

About the Artist
Bella Vista Photography's images express the personal vision of nature and travel photographer Mary Louise Ravese. Mary Louise’s fine art photography is in private, university and corporate collections in over 40 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries and shops. Her images have been used in calendars, magazines, books and websites including various projects with National Geographic Maps.

For over 25 years, Mary Louise has specialized in outdoor photography from locations across the U.S., Europe and Japan. Her favorite subject matter includes country landscapes, nature close-ups, interesting architectural details and wildlife. She draws inspiration from a variety of visual arts to produce photographs often described as “painterly”.

Her photographs are about intriguing juxtapositions of vibrant colors, distinctive shapes, and unique textures. Through her photography Mary Louise aims to capture the essence of the natural world in color, form and spirit. She enjoys capturing fleeting moments of beauty or drama that might otherwise be lost. Her ambition is to incorporate the beauty of painting in the clarity of photography.

Her photographs are created using both film and digital equipment. In the digital world where software programs offer vast possibilities for altering reality, Mary Louise’s philosophy regarding her own work is that it is important to stay true to nature. She does not digitally manipulate her photographs to generate unrealistic images and instead takes the time and care to produce the best "in camera" images possible.

Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature photography. Her ability to explain complex topics in an easy to understand way, combined with her approachable demeanor has made her a popular instructor. She leads classes and field workshops ranging from one day seminars in the Triangle region of North Carolina to multi-day workshops at a variety of photogenic locations across the US and abroad.

Mary Louise studied photography through the University of California Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs. She also credits a number of photography mentors including Barbara Brundege, Mark Citret, Jean-Louis Martinetti and Harold "Doc" Edgerton. She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association. Mary Louise supports her local arts community as an artist member of Artspace and 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC.

Click here to download the April 2012 Elan Magazine article on Mary Louise

About the Artwork

Photographic prints are available in a variety of sizes and, except where noted, are matted to fit standard U.S. frame sizes such as 11x14, 16x20, 20x24 and 22x28. All prints are signed by the artist and matted with classic white acid-free mats. Alternative matting and framing options are available by request. Contact us regarding pricing on other options. Cost effective FedEx Ground shipping is available within the US.

A number of our images are also available as note cards. Each 5x7 card is individually prepared and features a 4x6 photograph "framed" by a white embossed border. All cards are blank inside for adding your own personal message and are sold with a matching envelope. Our cards are also suitable for framing in a 5x7 frame.

Each print is carefully prepared to ensure that the image that so captured Mary Louise's eye captivates yours for many years to come.

Our images are printed using state-of-the-art techniques to ensure a consistently high quality print. Mary Louise prints are created using a Chromira printer, widely recognized as the highest caliber digital printer available today for photographic prints. Each print is made by exposing conventional photographic material with a set of red, green and blue LED lights. Eliminating the optical degradation and light fall-off common in traditional enlargers, the Chromira process delivers exceptional sharpness and vibrant colors that are faithful to the original scene.

Mary Louise's paper of choice is Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper, which experts consider to be the most stable silver halide color paper available today. Independent testing labs (Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc.) suggest that under normal display conditions this paper will last at least 60 years before any noticeable fading or color shift occurs.

All prints are signed by the artist and matted using acid-free archival materials to assure longevity. Mary Louise offers most of her photographs as limited edition prints. Limited edition prints are numbered to indicate their placement in the edition. The edition size indicates the total number of photographs that will be printed of the image in addition to artist proofs. The size of an edition may vary from image to image, and is indicated on each print next to the edition number. After all of the numbers in a limited edition are sold, the image is retired and will never again be printed using this same process.

In addition to true photographic prints, some images are also available as archival Giclée prints on fine art paper, canvas, metal or wood.