"My photography is my passion and delight in the effects of ever changing light on the natural form. The Pinelands, also known as the Pine Barrens, is my home. I rise each day and watch the panorama of the seasons, the flight of birds and dragonfly, the succession of bloom, and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. It was Socrates who said, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom”. Socrates also said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." A photograph is equal parts perception, serendipity, hard critique, craftsmanship and will.
My influences are 18th to 20th Century Japanese woodblock prints, particularly the works of Hokusai and Hiroshige, J. M. W. Turner, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe, and Mark Rothko.”
Ann-Marie Woods was born and raised on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
Ann-Marie received fine art instruction at Pratt Institute and Stockton State College.
A move to Warren Grove, New Jersey in 1996, launched a mid life career in photography. For the last 13 years Ann-Marie has formed a body of work interpreting landscapes through weather and seasonal changes, flower portraits, butterflies, moths, damselflies, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles, etc., solely in the New Jersey Pinelands.
Ann-Marie’s work has been featured in area art exhibits and newspapers.
Respecting the ecological importance of the Pinelands, it’s fragile and often imperiled flora and fauna; no living things are removed from their native habitat in the creation of Ann- Marie’s art.