In 1978, I opened Ganesh Café and the Honey Sharp Gallery in Lenox, MA where I was thrilled to discover artists and curate exhibitions (as well as enjoy Bernie's fine, gourmet dishes). Slowly, I began to find my own creative voice.
Later, while raising a family with my husband, David Lippman, I studied horticulture and landscape design and launched Honey Sharp Garden Design. I also wrote for national and local publications on subjects ranging from native plants to historical gardens such as The Mount in Lenox, MA, Sissinghurst in England and La Foce in Italy. Most fulfilling was collaborating with my family on a book called, Nomads 5 about our travels around the world in 1995 and 1996.
My passion for photography was rekindled when, in 2010, we moved part-time to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Traveling to Morocco, Peru, Turkey, Cuba and more recently, Bhutan have provided much to explore visually.
I feel very grateful to my teacher, Douglas Beasley who leads Vision Quest Photo Workshops and is the editor of Shots magazine. In stressing not to make photos of things but about things he states: "Photography is the art of interpretation."
Through my camera lens, I am engaged in celebrating both the natural and the human world. Be it in a local mercado, a religious procession, a desert landscape — or my own backyard, I feel grounded by focusing on each moment as it unfolds.
"It is only with the heart that we can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye", Antoine de St. Exupéry
PUBLISHED WORK ON SEEKONK FARM
Great Gardens of the Berkshires by Virginia Small with photos by Rich Pomerantz (Down East Books, 2008)
The Golden Trowel Award, Garden Design Magazine (2001)
2017 "A Child's World", Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough, MA.
2016 "Interpreted Reality" Galeria Photo/Graphic, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2015 510 Warren Gallery, Hudson, NY
2014 "Portals", Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough, MA
2013 Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
New York Horticultural Society, NYC
2012 Art Print Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Art on Main, Great Barrington, MA