Moorten’s Botanical Gardens is one of my three favorite places to shop for new cactus every season; the other two being The Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley and the Living Desert nursery in Palm Desert. Moorten’s is by far the oldest, having first been […]
I'm Nuvea, and I live in Southern California with my husband, three horses, four dogs and one cat. Besides photography...kind people, unique faces, messy hair, travel, authentic food, flowers, vintage books and maps will always bring a smile to my face. I'm endlessly inspired by nature, and you can usually find me in a garden, deep in the woods or splitting my time between the desert and the sea.
I'm a Portuguese-American visual artist/educator with a love of history, art and cultural heritage. This is where I share a blend of personal, academic and professional work - creative teaching retreats, photo essays, client work, collaborations, research, exhibits and self-directed projects…a kind of a personal journal/sketchbook, as I find my way interpreting history and nature through art.
I learned film photography at New England School of Photography, and worked as a freelance photographer in Boston. I later went on to study studio art, history, education, humanities and communications in college where I was encouraged to pursue a commitment to education and cultural heritage, leading to a job with the BLM and Forest Service...and eventually a more than ten year career teaching interdisciplinary art and history in public schools. So, I quietly put my camera away...
Recently, when I got married, the creative process of planning a wedding brought back wonderful memories of working with color, light, textures and line, and a renewed passion for creative expression. That's when I brought my camera out of storage and started shooting again, this time with digital, but occasionally in film, as well as experiments in alternative processes and mixed media. Today I specialize in fine art botanical and equine photography and women's expressive portraits, with lots of travel and garden shoots thrown in, for good measure.
I'm based between L.A. and Palm Springs but available (and love) to travel.
Thanks for visiting!