For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer.
Phoenix’s love of nature and photography began at 13 on a family vacation to Yosemite National Park and on a Girl Scout camping trip to Everglades National Park. Her passion and environmental awareness were inspired by a steady diet of magazines like National Geographic and nature programs on television.
Ironically, instead of pursuing her passion, Phoenix’s parents encouraged her to take a different career path and become a teacher. Phoenix has enjoyed a varied career that ranges from English, journalism and film-making teacher and college educator to public and media relations school system administrator, to business coach, award-winning author and professional speaker and radio talk show host (seven shows). All disciplines have converged to form who she is today, a celebrated conservation fine art photographer.
As a conservation photographer, Phoenix’s personal mission is to use the power of photography to raise awareness and inspire conservation of endangered and threatened species and habitats that humanity stands to lose in the natural world if not careful for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Selected Solo Exhibitions include “FloridaScapes,” Collectors’ Gallery, Venice, Florida (2020); “The Everglades: Spirit of the Land,” Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, Florida (2018) and “Photographs By Phoenix,” Las Olas Capital Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2018). Selected group exhibitions include “Starry Starry Night Exhibit,” Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona (2021); “Month of Photography,” Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver, Colorado (2019); “ENDANGERED Fine Art and Photography Exhibition,” Art Basel Miami, Miami, Florida (2013-2019) and “Dali and Me,” MAC Art Galleries, Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter, Florida (2017).
Phoenix has received numerous grants and awards including residencies at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2019) and Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel, Ireland (2016), the Featured Artist for the first ENDANGERED Exhibition-United Kingdom (2017) and two Creative Incentive Program grants, Broward Cultural Council, Broward County, Florida (2012 and 2016); as well as nine public art awards and many other prestigious awards. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts – print and online internationally. She was invited to be the first photographer to “takeover” the Instagram page for the Friends of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Most recently, the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida acquired 22 large works by Phoenix for their permanent collection in the Women’s Center (October 2021).
Phoenix has a lifetime of serving, supporting and leading various boards that support women, children and artists. Early in her career she served as President of the Society of Professional Journalists, Miami, chairing many scholastic journalism workshops, events and scholarship opportunities; chaired gala events that raised over $125,000 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Houston and the Federation of Houston Professional Women; mentored students at the Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Houston; and served on the Communities in Schools Board among others. As an artist, Phoenix co-organized and curated a photography exhibit that raised more than $4000 for a local nature reserve and donates a percentage of proceeds from her photography sales to non-profit organizations. She serves on various art boards, including: President, National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale (2015-2021); Vice President and Professional Development Chair, Broward Art Guild (2013-2016). Currently Phoenix serves as Art and Scholarship Chair for the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale, which raises funds to award annually three $1,250 scholarships to deserving women art students at Broward College. Phoenix was appointed and serves on the initial Public Art and Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Citizen Review Panel, Broward Cultural Division, Broward County, FL.