Jeliza Patterson

space-inspired jewelry, mixed-media and fine art photography


I’ve been a serious photographer for over 20 years, “going pro” in 2004 when I graduated from the Photographic Center Northwest Fine Art Photography program, which was in itself a return to the training I had begun when I did my B.A. in Art/Art History at Willamette University many years earlier. I’ve been interested in computers, and their capabilities, almost as long. I’ve been doing digital art since 2000, and began working in mixed media, mostly encaustic, in 2005. Starting in 2014, I have been concentrating on space-inspired jewelry.

I live in the Seattle area with my family.

My image licensing is primarily handled by the stock portal Alamy, but I will also license directly for images not currently with an agency.

Contact me via

e-mail:    contact form to jane AT

phone:    425-835-2636

mail:       12345 Lake City Way NE #369, Seattle, WA 98125

If an image in the galleries does not also appear in my ArtFire shop at the moment, that doesn’t mean it isn’t for sale (unless it says “SOLD” on it) please e-mail me to arrange a purchase.

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Making the Art: Tools and Techniques

Photographically, I use a lot of different tools, from my trusty old Pentax 35mm, to Holgas and a Koni-Omega Rapid, to my Pentax dSLRs. My favorite films are Ilford Pan F and Fujichrome 100, but I’ll shoot whatever I need to get the job done.

At this point I’m printing entirely digitally (except for cyanotypes & lumen prints), from film scans if necessary. Not only is there more control over the output (especially in consistency, and in dodging/burning fiddly bits that would take hours in the darkroom) but my physical print options are more archival than almost anything I can do in the chemical darkroom.

Most art prints are done in my studio, on an Epson 2200 with the Ultrachrome ink set. For some images, I work with a professional lab to create Kodak Endura, Fuji Crystal Archive or aluminum MetalPrints, based on what I feel will work best for the image.

A note on terminology: I tend to call something a photograph if I didn’t do anything to it I couldn’t do easily in the darkroom, and a photoillustration if it isn’t something I could do in the darkroom.
(Admittedly, Jerry Uelsmann makes amazing photomontages in the darkroom, but if I’m going to spend that much time with complex masking and multiple negatives, I’m doing it on the computer!)

Digitally, my primary tool is Photoshop, with help from Vue Esprit. I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

On the Mixed-Media front, there are a lot of options — that’s why it’s called mixed media! I work most with charcoal, acrylics, encaustics, gouache and collage. Encaustic media is beeswax tempered with a hardening agent — I use damar resin, in different ratios for painting or casting, and add color with pigment. The damar resin also has the nice property of raising the melting point of the wax to 225 degrees, so no worries about melting off the wall on a hot summer day (please don’t put them in your car trunk on a hot summer day, though, or hang them in direct sunlight — pretty much all painting/photography based art should not be hung in direct sunlight.) Encaustic painting has been practiced as far back as the 5th century BCE, and is one of the most archival of all art forms.