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Focusing on Art!

It has been a crazy spring and summer, and I have been both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by all that has been going on.  I have been working on more of the Female Archetype Project which will be soon transforming into the Human Archetype Project as I begin to incorporate male archetypes.  I have been feeling pulled in a million directions while trying to do research for the book writing aspect of the project, focus on my own spiritual journey, pay bills, work with clients and all of the million day-to-day things which come up constantly.  Mind you, I’m not complaining, being busy is a good thing… But it has also caused me to reassess my life, my goals and my focus.

Bearing in mind that I love working with my clients, creating art with and for them, I have decided that I will be severely limiting the commissions I take on going forward.  I will no longer be creating more standard portraiture, but will be only taking on commissions that go along with my painterly style.  I will only be taking 6 more portrait commissions this year and only 12 a year hereafter.  I will still be taking business and actors headshots and taking occasional model development sessions, as they do not take the same amount of creative energy in post-processing and act as a left-brain balance to my personal work.

So, that being said, if you are interested in commissioning a portrait, now is the time to start the process! Email info@artanddiscord.com or use the form on the Contact page to get in touch and we can start planning!

And, to wrap up this blog post, here’s some eye-candy… One of my recent additions to the Archetype Project: “Great Mother, Babalon” with beautiful Aepril Schaile.  I have two more images I am working on for this trilogy and I can’t wait to be able to share them all soon!





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Hard Decisions…


The last few weeks have been about making hard decisions.  Jae and I moved to Salem in the fall and it has been amazing living here… there is such a fantastic, supportive, creative community and we feel quite blessed to now be a part of it.  The flip side of this move is that our financial situation has changed a bit, and my business has suffered from the move.  After much thought and considering all my options, I’ve decided to go back into retail management.  April will most likely be my first month of working full time (not to count my chickens of course…)

Going back to work full time will definitely change how much time I can devote to my photography.  While I will still be taking select commissions for painterly portraits, model development sessions and head shots, I will probably have time for only a few sessions a month.  I will be focusing most of my creative energy on my conceptual Archetype Project and will be devoting the majority of my time to continue to develop this work.

I have a few amazing projects in the works, with some fantastic models, designers, hair stylists and makeup artists and I can’t wait to share in the coming months.  Thanks to everyone for your continuing support!!

I’m going to finish off this post with one of my favorite shots from a portrait session I did recently with Christopher Allen, from Manners Supply Co.


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Portraits with Rachel Dashae

I had the opportunity to work with Rachel a few years ago during the annual SOPHA Location Lighting Course, and she was such a brilliant and sweet model to work with.  This year when I saw that she was traveling to the New England area, I knew I was going to have to find a way to work with her again.

After getting in touch and finding out that she had some availability left in her schedule, we were able to confirm a date, and I had to start brainstorming what the heck I was going to shoot with this lovely girl!  I started off with the idea that I would try to include her in the “Sainted” series that I started last year with Ramagious, but as the day got closer and the weather looked like it was going to be gloomy (which was not really what I would need to match the brilliance of the light from the first “Sainted” shots), I had to come up with a Plan B.

Plan B ended up being a crazy headpiece built from some curly reeds I had picked up a year or so ago which had been sitting around my crafting room gathering dust, raffia I picked up at the craft store, bronze antiquing wax, potpourri balls, spanish moss and tiny LED lights on a wire.  After I built the headpiece (which took about 5 hours total over 2 days), It was time to put together an appropriate set.  I had decided we were going with more of an “earth mother” scene, so I took a random beige textured sheer drape (picked up a while back in the clearance section at Target) and a couple strips of Burlap (from a roll I discovered in my crafting room– no idea where it came from) draped them over my evergreen v-flats and created a very earthy looking backdrop.  I dragged my vintage steam trunk over, draped it with a fluffy blanket and some pillows and covered it with a faux fur throw and had a nice little seat for Rachel to pose on.  Finally I draped some black felt on the floor to cover up the light colored wood floor, and threw some raffia, spanish moss reed balls and faux flowers around so it had some texture and interesting details that I could pull out if I wanted.

Theresa Wall Duggan- Earth Mother Headpiece

The Headpiece I created for the Shoot.a very terrible iPhone photo of the set.

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A very terrible iPhone photo I took of the set!

Rachel and I shot for 2 hours and other than a brief stint out in the rain to try out one of my original ideas (as seen in the last image), we spent most of the time shooting on this set and created so many beautiful images.  Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:

Theresa Wall Duggan- Firefly Queen

Firefly Queen






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