My artwork stems from a lifelong fascination with light and the beauty it can create. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I spent the drizzly days observing water drops glistening on plants in the backyard. Sunny days were spent lying on a blanket in the shade of a tree watching shadows dance around me.

Today my art reflects this fascination by focusing on often overlooked details that reveal beauty. Whether it’s water drops caught in a split second exposure or a close-up of a curve of a flower petal in unique lighting, the goal is the same: to capture a tiny glimpse of hidden beauty.

At the age of ten I got my first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye I bought from Goodwill for fifty cents. I eventually graduated to a better camera, but it wasn’t until my children were grown that I had the time or resources to commit to photography in a serious way. The last few years have been spent honing my skills and stretching to learn new techniques. I currently work with film as well as digital technology.

My work was published for the first time in fall 2009 in the calendar “An Adoption Portrait” as a fundraiser for The Zoe Foundation, an adoption charity based in Kansas City, Missouri.  My work has also been seen in several shows at the Chester County Arts Association, and has received recognition on (an international community of photographers) and numerous awards through the Chester County Camera Club.

I am a member of Chester County Arts Association, Chester County Camera Club, and National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Dorean Beattie, photographer
(dor-ay-ON: from the greek, meaning “freely given gift”)

If you’re interested in using my images, feel free to contact me. Licenses are available for many different uses!


6 Responses to “About the Photographer”

  1. 1 Nima
    August 8, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    beautiful work.

  2. 2 Carla
    September 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    As always; fascinated by your creativity.

  3. 3 Donna Lhouise
    February 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Hi, Dorrie,
    Your photography absolutely amazes me! The patience you have to track a drop of water, watch the movement of something in a glass of liquid, the changing of light…..WOW! The flowers that you took from so many different angles…..knowing when to go in close, and when to take a picture from far away!

    You have a great gift! Explore it, use it, play with it, and capitalize it!

  4. 4 Mark Legh
    November 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Hi Dorean, fantastic photos thank you. Really like the watery ones. I work for a small water cleaning company in the UK and would love to use some of your photos in some of the documentation we produce (reports about cleanliness, certificates for disinfection, website etc). Would you be interested in allowing us to do so? I hope to hear from you soon. Many thanks, Mark

  5. December 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Dorean, You’re work is very inspiring! I am a novice photographer, and you provide some great artistic views. I hope I can take what I have and bring it to the same level that you provide. Thank you!


  6. December 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Josh–Thanks for the kind words!

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