Local photographer Irene Miller has formed a partnership with home decorator Candice Olson of the TV series Divine Design who will publish and market eight of her photographs worldwide.
When Olson, a fellow Manitoban, decided to add photographic artwork to her line of branded home decorating items such as furniture, wallpaper, rugs and lighting, she contacted Posters International in Toronto who asked Miller to submit her best floral photographs for consideration. Months later, she got the news that Olson had chosen eight of her images, four of which are from her dandelion series and four close-ups of peonies, daisies, and poppies.
Miller's framed artwork will be available through Paragon, a fine art framer in Alabama. The eight pieces will be unveiled by Paragon at the end of this month during a furniture show in Las Vegas.
"My affiliation with Posters International Fine Art began when they contracted two of my black and white photographs for their poster catalogue," says Miller, in a press release. "Now, two years later, PI Fine Art is publishing five of my images in their spring catalogue and two of my images have also recently been contracted to an art company in the UK for worldwide distribution."
While Miller admits these contracts won't lead to sudden riches, they are personally very encouraging and show that buyers are interested in fine art photography.
"If it wasn't for the support I received from the people at Perth County Visitors' Association, Stratford Gazette, Stratford Tourism, Gallery on the Grand and the eminent Canadian photographer, Freeman Patterson, as well as family and friends, I'm not sure that I would have had the courage to submit any of my images to Posters International Fine Art and the Candice Olson project."
Irene Miller lives in a log cabin near Stratford with her husband and cat, Felix. She has been a volunteer photographer for organizations such as Rotary, The Quilt, Fryfogel Restoration Fund and Nazareth House since moving to this area in 2003 from Toronto.
Candice Olson has established Divine Design as one of the highest rated design/interior-decorating series on both HGTV in the U.S. and the W Network in Canada as well as several international markets. She is also the contributing design editor of Home Magazine in the U.S. with a monthly subscriber base of 1.2 million.