Anne Morrison Rabe

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Anne Morrison Rabe

Illustrative Digital Photography

Aspiring to be a children's book illustrator, Anne studied art at UC Santa Cruz and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Life had different plans, however, so she embarked on a career in advertising, and later founded a printing business with her husband. She has utilized many creative outlets over the years - from gardening to cooking- but has always taken photos to record events, travels and the people in her life.

Coming full circle, Anne uses photography as an illustrative rather than a literal medium. She looks at what others might pass by from an unusual perspective - finding the art in dewdrops on a Meyer lemon, or in a tiny wild mushroom growing out of granite rock through moss and pine needles.  

Almost all of Anne's photographs are taken with an iPhone and then edited using multiple applications. Truly mobile,this type of digital photography has unleashed a new creative talent that allows her to chronicle and share her unique point of view. Using her smart phone as camera also brings immediacy to her work – whether she is capturing a butterfly resting on an allium flower on the High Line in New York, or a full moon rising over Mount Diablo.

Anne uses different media to reproduce her work. An image of tree bark is printed on aluminum, then mounted on the same enlarged image printed on wood, which acts as a frame. An aluminum print has an acrylic print adhered to the surface, highlighting a specific part of the image. She has been experimenting using metallic papers and three dimensional work on acrylic. The image dictates to her the medium upon which it is reproduced. Through her editing processes, her finished images become almost painterly or abstract.


Through two separate statewide photography competitions, Anne’s photos have been chosen for exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. One of her photographs is currently on exhibit there. Last summer she was commissioned by Walnut Creek Magazine to photograph at a garden featured in their publication. Her image of Mexican Milkweed was chosen for the cover of the “Summer of Love” edition. Her work has been exhibited at Make Hang Gallery, San Francisco; Michael Friedes Interior Design and AMFA gallery, Orinda; the U.C. Theatre Gallery, Berkeley; Indigo and Poppy, Lafayette; Home/Made Kitchen Bakery and Cafe and Hacienda Holiday Faire,Moraga; as well as other art shows and exhibits in the Bay Area. Her artwork has been purchased by clients for display around the world including San Sebastian, Spain, Maui, Hawaii and New York City.

Artist's Statement

I am a digital illustrative photographer who shoots botanical and natural subjects using my iPhone. I find an unusual perspective and interpret the images using editing processes as well as finishing materials inspired by the images themselves. My final photographs are painterly bordering on abstract.

Many of my pieces combine different but complementary media in their final form:

 - A photo of sycamore bark is enlarged and printed on wood. Then the same image is printed on aluminum and mounted to the wood piece, which creates a framed contrast to the detailed metal work. 

- A blown up image of begonia blossoms fallen onto granite rock is printed on metal, with layered prints of the same image on acrylic mounted to the face. The finished piece is a juxtaposition of hard metal (granite) with the softer acrylic (flowers). 


I create art pieces that are enjoyable to live with. I create pretty pictures.  



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