August 2013 Artist of the Month - MrsRatbag

August 2, 2013 1:26 am

Tags: AOM, Photography

file_496919.jpgEach month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... August's AOM is MrsRatbag!

We congratulate MrsRatbag for an outstanding collection of works in the Photography Gallery!

Who is 'MrsRatbag' ?

I've been "MrsRatbag" ever since the birth of the internet; having grown up on Monty Python's Flying Circus it was a no-brainer. I currently live in the Seattle area, although I have moved back and forth across the US quite a few times, growing up in LA, several years in Portland, Oregon, then college in Virginia, many years in Minnesota, back to California, up to Seattle, back to Virginia, back to California and finally up here again.  Must be gypsy blood in me somewhere.  I've spent most of my working life as a medical lab professional, mostly in the infertility field, and now as a hematology tech in an oncology clinic. 

How long have you been working in photography?

Art has always been part of my life; I painted as a teenager and young adult, but found that my creativity had to take a hiatus while I earned a living.  When I was laid off from my job in 2008 shortly after moving back to the Seattle area I made the conscious decision to take up photography, and starting with a cheap point-and-shoot I worked my way up through camera complexity to the Canon 40D I have now. 




Who, or what, inspires you, and what do you enjoy most about photography?

Those who know me know my love of lines, light, geometry and wildlife, and I've been really thrilled to get to know the big cats at the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, Washington. There's something magical about connecting with these wild creatures, and I try to share those brief glimpses of personality in my shots. 


Pillow Pal


What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

My favourite piece of work would have to be the one I just shot; I fall in love with something on every shoot, only to have it supplanted by the next one; I think it has to be that way, or we don't evolve.  My dream is to shoot the aurora borealis in Iceland. 

Leadenhall Market


Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on shooting?

I don't know enough about photography to feel I can give tips to anyone, but the one thing I would say to everyone is ALWAYS be prepared.  My camera is always with me; I used to use my camera bag as my purse, but with the 40D and all the "must-have" lenses I've had to start leaving it in my car, which is always with me ;)  Likewise I always have a tripod and a monopod as part of my "emergency pack" in the trunk.  You just never know what you're going to come across, and there's nothing worse than that feeling of missing "THE" shot!


My favourite creek


How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

I've made many friends here on Renderosity, and had the pleasure of meeting quite a few in person, both here and in England.  I've been in a relationship with Ronnie (Adobe_One_Kenobi) for five years now, and I'm ever-indebted to him for his generousity and patience in tutoring me in photography and Photoshop.  Renderosity has been a wonderful and supportive community for my development, and I think that evolution is pretty apparent if you go back and look at my early work and compare it to my work today. 




We invite you to have a further look at MrsRatbag's Renderosity Gallery!

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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM page.

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auntietk ( posted at 9:38PM Fri, 02 August 2013

I'm totally excited to see Denise get AOM! Her work is top drawer, and deserves every accolade and award available. Besides ... I love it when the person I voted for wins! :D

RodS ( posted at 12:16AM Sat, 03 August 2013

Congratulations on AOM! Your photos are wonderful. And I LOVE your avatar with the giraffe!

arlivre ( posted at 11:00AM Sat, 03 August 2013

Stunning gallery , most deserved award, congratulations !

FredNunes ( posted at 4:46PM Sat, 03 August 2013

Well deserved!

kgb224 ( posted at 12:32AM Sun, 04 August 2013

Congratulations Denise. Amazing gallery end well deserved honor for the Gallery of the month of August. God bless.

contedesfees ( posted at 1:14PM Sun, 04 August 2013

Outstanding! Your eye for composition is downright superior. Have you ever considered finding a publisher or an agent to represent you? I can easily imagine an exhibition of your photographs

photosynthesis ( posted at 3:56PM Sun, 04 August 2013

Congratulations, Denise - you had my vote & you certainly were deserving of this honor - your photography is consistently excellent...

romanceworks ( posted at 9:47AM Mon, 05 August 2013

Congrats, Denise. Really outstanding photos and well-deserved award.

Meisiekind ( posted at 4:02AM Tue, 06 August 2013

Oh Denise - I am so delighted to see you in this very deservant spot! Every single image you post inspires me and I have huge respect for your work. I have seen you grown over the years and take my hat off to you! I'm so glad that I can call you my friend and having had the privilege to meet you in person just added the cherry on top of the cake! Congratulations and well done!

SIGMAWORLD ( posted at 2:52PM Tue, 06 August 2013

Congratulations on AOM!

npauling ( posted at 8:36PM Tue, 06 August 2013

Congratulations on being AOM for August, your photography always inspires me and you choose super subjects.

Pierrot_Lunaire ( posted at 3:59PM Wed, 07 August 2013

I didn't know you, but from your wonderful photos that I'm watching now, I think that AOM is a well deserved award for you. Congrats!!

Lakotariver ( posted at 5:31PM Wed, 07 August 2013

You have so much Talent. Your work is Outstanding. Congrads my Artistic Freind

RAMWolff ( posted at 6:13PM Wed, 07 August 2013

No wonder that's your favorite creek. It's really calming look at the photograph you took. Congratulations on your success and interview. :-)

Thelby ( posted at 7:26PM Wed, 07 August 2013

I don't know you MrsRatbag, but we have a friend in common, Beachzz and she says you are a wonderful person and that means a lot to me. So, Friend of my Friend I bid you a Big Congratulations on this accomplishment. Hear - Hear!!!

MrsRatbag ( posted at 8:25AM Fri, 09 August 2013

I'm so amazed and humbled at all your kind words! Thanks so much for this huge honour!

HazelGellie ( posted at 11:49PM Fri, 09 August 2013

Beautiful pictures especially the one of tiger. The timing of its capture is just amazing.

myrrhluz ( posted at 9:36PM Sat, 10 August 2013

You have a beautiful gallery! EMP is gorgeous and even better in zoom. Congratulations! This is very well deserved!

nefertiabet ( posted at 1:40PM Tue, 13 August 2013

Wow, great talent and stunning photos!!!

tennesseecowgirl ( posted at 7:58PM Thu, 15 August 2013

Denise I have been a member of Renderosity for quite a few years now, and I have really noticed and have been inspired by the quality and improvement in your work, especially love your wildlife or zoo shots. Congratulations !!

peedy ( posted at 8:22AM Fri, 16 August 2013

Congratulations! You have a fantastic galery. Corrie

beas62 ( posted at 1:54PM Sat, 17 August 2013

Great to see an accomplished photographer as the AOM. Congratulations and best wishes!

ges ( posted at 3:51PM Tue, 20 August 2013

Congratulations on AOM. Beautiful galery.

beachsidelegs ( posted at 1:23AM Thu, 22 August 2013

Fantastic gallery Denise a big congratulation's on your Artist of the month well deserved :)

BorisB ( posted at 10:17AM Tue, 27 August 2013


UVDan ( posted at 11:43AM Tue, 27 August 2013

Congratulations on your AOM! It is nice to know more about your.

dent-de-lion ( posted at 12:15AM Fri, 30 August 2013

Bravo. Fantastic work.