All paths lead to the same place.
Nell's work appears in juried exhibitions throughout the world. Lately, she photographs in Africa for her series, "Night Growl," about big cats at night. She also photographs the endangered mountain gorillas. Nell grew up in the deep South of the Mississippi Delta where the disappearing plantation culture sparked her passion for preservation. She obtained her first BA degree in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Two years later, she obtained a BFA in film at the San Francisco Art Institute. After seventeen years working in Texas, Tennessee, California, New Mexico and Switzerland, Nell went back to school for her Masters of Architecture from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is a licensed architect.
Nell is writing a new fiction series about a time-traveling photographer who encounters cursed cameras. Her non-fiction southern preservation photography series includes GONE: A Photographic Plea for Preservation (BelleBooks, Inc.; 120 pages) which debuted in 2011 as #1 on Amazon’s lists for both Photography and Architecture books. PORCH DOGS (John F. Blair Publisher; 112 pages) debuted in 2013 as #1 on Amazon's list for both Photography and Animals. In 2014, Porch Dogs won both an Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award™ and a Gold Medal. It also won a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. More photography books to come...
Nell maintains parallel careers in production design, art direction, and set design for feature films, documentaries, and commercials. PRODUCTION DESIGNER: "The Invaders"/Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, Directors "The Giving Hat"/St. Jude Productions/Clay Hurley, Producer/Director ART DIRECTOR: "East Meets West"/Okamoto Mineko Productions/Toby Corbett, Production Designer "Wasteland"/The Airwaves Project/Patrick Nagatani, Production Designer ART DIRECTOR: "Rockula" Cannon Films/Jane Stewart, Production Designer "Nightlife"/Wildnight Productions/Philip Thomas, Production Designer SET DESIGNER: "21 Grams"/Universal Pictures/Brigitte Broch, Production Designer "The Rainmaker/American Zoetrope/Howard Cummings, Production Design ART DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR: "The Quick & the Dead"/Tri-Star Pictures/Patrizia v. Brandenstein, Production Designer "Tombstone"/Cinergi/Buena Vista/Catherine Hardwicke, Production Designer