I first became wide-eyed with photography at a young age in the darkroom at camp. Sounds scandalous, but watching each frame reveal itself as I would drop it into the developer was magic. There, my influences led me to dive into photography and art which has not only become a passion, but a natural way of seeing. 

     Art has always been circled throughout my days. My mother an artist and our childhood influenced by imagination, color and textures. While living in Portland, Maine I began  illustrating and taking pictures of what that new home revealed to me day by day. Working at the Portland Museum of Art exposed me to new mediums and artist which touched on the influence of my time there, and I learned from that new - up close opportunity.  I enjoy travel, not only because it is exciting and new, but mostly because all the senses are heightened in traveling. You not only see but you smell and taste and feel your way through new places while experiencing lives of new people. I believe everyday schedules, lives, and routines are threaded with photographic stills - because art and images are pieces of history you can hold, see and touch, and reminisce over again and again. I love light and to seize it's many forms. The word photography means - to create images by recording light.  The style of my work is to show tangibles of not only glimpses, but of life working around us and around this world in its sincere state.

Coming back to Nashville I was surprised to step into a practice based on structure and rule guided form. Calligraphy became a different portal of providing touchable, substantial artwork - to draw attention to detail and communicate words in a personal, attentive and thoughtful way. I specialize in custom paper and invitations for weddings and occasions alike, commission based artwork and paintings along with prints and products in the market. 

     i hope you enjoy what you find here.

-MaryDeaton Heldman

photography is the language of memories. It’s ability to capture a glimpse of time with a fragment of light  is truly extraordinary...light is air to a photograph; it gives an image life.
— Elizabeth Messina
Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.
— Mary Oliver

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