Nancy Ridenour is a digital photographer in Ithaca, New York, who produces montages and macro images that are printed on fine art paper, canvas, and porcelain tiles. The subject for the art includes flowers from my garden and commercial venues, sculptures from the Cornell Plantations, city "scapes" in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, overseas travel, and abstracted interpretations of the digital image.
After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in biology, Nancy went to Laos with International Voluntary Services (IVS) as a volunteer to work with women in the villages. When she returned to Ithaca in 1970, she completed a Masters in Education and became a biology teacher at Ithaca High School. In 2005, she retired and pursued a second career as a digital photographic artist. Her Studio is called Lotus Studios to reflect the importance of the Lotus flower in her life and artwork.
While living in Laos, 1965-70, Nancy was first given a bouquet of lotus buds while pregnant with her daughter. Several years ago, she obtained six lotus plants from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. Those first plants have multiplied to over 500 and now fill the pond behind the studio. The lotus flower, leaves, and pods, and the artistic interpretation of them was the initial focus for her photo montages.