Elizabeth Opalenik lives and works in Oakland, California, but this peripatetic artist is often on the move. As a photographic artist, she believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams. A sought after teacher, her 40 year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things, especially women.
Whether digital or darkroom, her point of view has always been “what if?” as she explores the unique world surrounding us all. Using photography as the visual voice for stories left behind, Elizabeth favors the handmade image or papers. She prefers Mordançage with her signature veils of floating emulsion, carbon printing or creating with water in any fashion.
Elizabeth’s work is collected, published and exhibited internationally. In addition, Opalenik also travels with Medical Ministry International, documenting the projects of eye doctors in Colombia, Bolivia and the Amazon.
Following a life-long dream, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace-Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007.