Phyllis Walker’s brush with blindness became an opportunity to follow her passion and calling as a skilled fine art photographer.  Surgeons repaired her massive detached retina and with vision restored, she left her career in broadcast advertising media and taught herself macro-photography, a source of creative endeavor and personal empowerment in the photographer’s life.

After several years and literally thousands of photographs, Phyllis became a recognized expert in the field.  She uses manual, vintage, 35mm SLR equipment to create stunning close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and the small creatures that inhabit gardens. Additional inclusions to her portfolio feature a line of fireworks, and a series of stained glass window details, photographed at historic churches in Georgia.

In 1998, Phyllis created Hummingbird Studios, offering fine art photography to “Inspire the Spirit and Refresh the Soul”. She markets her matted and framed wall art to general consumers, in addition to the home décor and gift industries. Her award winning photography has been featured in corporate exhibits, charitable events, philanthropic fundraisers, sold through specialty gift shops, and is directly available for purchase in four different sizes through her on-line gallery at http://www.Hummingbird-Studios.com.

Her on-going passions include thriving art communities, economic autonomy for women, eco-movements, and sustainable creative economies.

Reaching out to Georgia’s battered women: Active with the domestic violence awareness and prevention community, Phyllis embraces art, advocacy, and entrepreneurship to economically empower survivors of domestic violence and their children.  She is the dedicated founder of Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope, http://www.esperanza-awomanshope.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which offers scholarships to survivors of domestic violence, who are returning to school for job skills upgrade.

On behalf of Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope, Phyllis is a former recipient of the “Making A Difference for Women Award”  (Soroptimist International / Atlanta Chapter).  She was also a Turknett Leadership Character award nominee and was filmed and interviewed for Veria TV’s “Overcoming Adversity” segment on The Art Of Living Gallery show.

As a speaker and fundraiser, Phyllis promotes both her Hummingbird Studios web site and her non-profit organization, through inspirational and motivational talks, and exhibits of her work.  For additional info, or to schedule an exhibit or speaking engagement, please email Phyllis@Hummingbird-Studios.com.