Visual Art Eye of the Dragon by Marian Hesse Biography: Photography: An appreciation of visual arts doesn’t make one an artist. As a long-time ‘snapshot taker, I have discovered that abstract photography is absorbing to me. Planning the photo and finding surprises during the editing keeps me returning to the art form. I also enjoy taking photos that can, after editing, look like paintings from earlier times. I love shadowy lighting and muted backgrounds and I enjoy creating something that reflects the 18th century, but with a modern twist.