Artist Statement

One of my photographic passions is capturing images in the forest. Perhaps this springs from a love of being among the trees. To me, trees have a powerful presence that stands out in nature. They are grounded in the earth, reaching for the sky, and constantly growing. There is a sense of knowing; a sense of peace that emanates from trees. I enjoy them whether lit by the sun’s rays, enfolded in a blanket of fog, or drinking in the falling rain. Trees are the most obvious members of the forest, but one cannot forget the variety of life that exists there. Whether it be clover, ferns or flowers, exploration inside of the forest is limitless.

My process of exploration is relatively simple. Spend time in the forest, watch light, shape, and perspective carefully; then capture what speaks to me. I utilize patience and observation foremost, paying especially close attention to the emotion evoked. Feelings of peace, tranquility, and serenity are common for me. At times, more dramatic feelings, such as solitude or loneliness are sparked.

Regardless the specific emotion, I find that being in the forest is powerful. Science backs that up. Studies have shown that spending time in nature has many benefits. These include improved mood, brain function, and immune system function. Studies suggest that these benefits can be gleaned from viewing nature photography as well. Nature is soothing, provides an escape, and aids in relaxation. It is shown to increase energy and focus, as well as speed healing and reduce the perception of pain. Now that is powerful! I invite you to spend a little time sitting in the forest among the trees with my photographs. What feelings are evoked for you?

Katie Royce Zolezzi, Don Dexter Gallery, Eugene, OR

Displayed at Don Dexter Gallery

In the Forest; Among the Trees, April 6-June 25, 2019 (Q2)
January-March 2014 (Q1)

Where do you find your inspiration?

Nature is my primary source of inspiration. I find being in nature and experiencing solitude to be inspiring. Because I love macro photography so much, I need not travel farther than my backyard to find photographic subjects. Simply taking the time to observe what is around me, and to notice the form, color, and lines, is in itself inspiring. When I have the time to travel a bit further, I love to spend time in the forest. Though low light can pose issues for photography, I find that a walk through the woods is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

Favorite thing to do in or around Eugene…

Eugene is a great town. I enjoy finding nature by wandering along trails in Alton Baker Park or Hendricks Park. Seeing the river is added bonus! I also enjoy the variety of art walks, The Hult Center and the town’s museums. Being from Cottage Grove (just a short jaunt down the freeway), I enjoy the miles of trails at Row River, the covered bridges, and though a bit more out of the way, the beautiful Brice Creek Trail.

Quote that inspires your creativity…

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
—Edgar Degas


Katie Royce Zolezzi: In the Forest; Among the Trees
April 6-June 25, 2019 (Q2)

Photographic images from the forest. Exploration of trees and their companions in nature.


Katie Royce Zolezzi is a native Oregonian and was raised in the tiny town of Elkton. She has felt a draw to photography since childhood, and began seriously pursuing the art form in 2010. Katie Royce Photography was formed at that time. She graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 2012. Katie continues to seek balance between family, work commitments, and photographic endeavors. With the help of her husband, she is able to devote time to pursuing her passion for photography. Her children’s energy and love for life help her to continue seeing the world with new eyes. She and her family reside in Cottage Grove Oregon.