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sue mcnenly, storytelling through pictures

Two years ago when I wrote about Sue McNenly’s Precious Metal Clay vignettes I was drawn to her use of PMC – excited to see something other than jewelry created with this material.


photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

The vignettes tell a story, capturing moments and memories of her childhood. But look here and you will see that the pictures of her work back then did not do the stories justice. Those are what I call her ‘before’ shots. The pictures I am sharing with you today are her ‘after’ shots.

After what???

Read on. . .


photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

McNenly recently completed Brit Hammer’s online class Photographing Fine Art & Craft and the difference in her images after this four-week class is quite remarkable.


 photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

In addition to teaching the technical side of things in a language we can all understand, Brit asks artists to think about the story they want their images to convey. Questions, gentle coaxing, down-to-earth mentoring and a genuine interest in helping artists promote their work are the hallmarks of this gifted teacher.


McNenly is a cover girl now. More about that soon. . .

I am witness to the dialogue between Brit and her students every day on the class Facebook group and it is exciting to see ALL of her students make swift progress, creating WOW photographs. Over and over and over. Uplifting.


 photo and artwork, Sue McNenly

“Brit’s teaching style and critiques enabled me to grow my photography skills in leaps and bounds. My vignettes have always told a story, but photographing them with that story in mind was new to me.  I was able to capture the whimsy in my work in a 2D form.” Sue McNenly

Sue’s work continues to be as lovely, whimsical and lighthearted as it was two years ago when I last wrote about it, but now, her images speak much louder than words. A picture really IS worth a thousand words.

Sue McNenly’s website


Brit is teaching the online class again in April and May. I wholeheartedly believe this is a class that ALL artists need – really. DAM readers get a discounted rate when they register through my links. Register today and I’ll see you soon in the PFAC Facebook group.


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2 Responses to sue mcnenly, storytelling through pictures

  1. I follow Sue’s blog and it is her progress in this course that made me sign up for Brit’s class a week or so ago. I start in April and can’t wait. I agree with you – Sue’s latest batch of pictures speak volumes. I especially love Gossip Girls!!

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