Elizabeth employs the Mordançage process, infrared, platinum printing and hand painting in creating her innovative, one-of-a-kind images. She mixes digital and traditional technologies to explore all the creative possibilities. Elizabeth imparts her sense of artistry to personal projects on the Amish near her childhood home. She has worked with United Cerebral Palsy Games for the Disabled, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International and is currently documenting a project for Medical Ministries International that brings much needed eye care to small villages along the Amazon River in Colombia, Peru and Brazil.
Elizabeth Opalenik’s work is collected, published and exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections internationally. In 2007, Elizabeth published her first monograph, Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007. She is represented by VERVE Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, Gallery DeForest online and Corbis Stock.
Elizabeth is sought-after as a teacher for the sense of wonder and possibility she awakens her students in photographic workshops. She has conducted workshops on five continents in conjunction with The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions, Stanford Continuing Education, and The Rencontres d’Arles.