Elaine is a Northampton, Massachusetts native. She has two grown well-educated children each pursuing successful careers at very distant locations (one in the south and one on the west coast). She is a University of Massachusetts graduate with a degree in Psychology and also has an associate's degree in business from Holyoke Community College.
In 2001, now retired from a 27 year career with the Federal V.A. program, she and her husband Wil Morton moved to Belchertown.
Elaine, a dedicated lifetime learner now with expanded leisure time at her disposal was ready to pursue a more extensive and serious involvement with her latent interests in the arts, one of which was photography.
A long-time friend, Les Campbell, loaned her the use of one of his Canon T90 film cameras to get her started –the rest as they say – is history! But not so fast – she has achieved a credible body of very good images that sell well and her work graces walls through the region.
Elaine's work is frequently seen in exhibits such as the Pioneer Valley Photo Artists venues at the Bay State Medical Center, and the Valley Photo Center in Springfield. She has also participated in exhibits at the Robert Floyd Gallery (Southampton), the Easthampton City Arts Center, The Franklin County Medical Center and the Nashawannuck Gallery, Easthampton, MA and the Monson Arts Council juried show at the House of Art, Monson, Massachusetts. Additionally in joint exhibits with Les Campbell such as the Northampton Cooperative Bank in Amherst and of course, ongoing at the Sky Meadow Gallery.
A highlight of her exhibiting was a 42 piece solo exhibit at the prestigious Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library, Amherst in December of 2011. Another highlight for her was the purchase of her "Spring Sonnet" (a spectacular photo of the Sky Meadow birches) that was featured on Country Bank billboards along Route 20. You can see this photograph on our homestead page on this website.
We go back now -- with a serious camera in hand Elaine began the never-ending pursuit of mastering the art and tools of photography. She took courses with a well-known photographers, Patrick Zephyr and Les Campbell, attended the famous New England Camera Club Conference at the University of Massachusetts and she became an active member of two photography clubs, the Quabbin Photo Group and the Pioneer Valley Photo Artists.
In 2004, Elaine accepted Les Campbell's invitation to work with him in his photography activities, particularly in the operation of his photo gallery and as co-instructor for matting and framing workshops. Her computer skills and business training has been an invaluable asset to Les who would tell you candidly he lacks these skills.
A final note: Elaine now works entirely in digital imaging with a Nikon D90 that has a 28-70 mm and a 70-300 mm lens and yearns for a macro lens to capture minute details of things she enjoys.