“The artist’s stroke, a captured moment in time; a thought, a scene, a memory. To be interpreted, discarded, or savored by the one who cares to see.”  – Mary Aiu 2010

Watching horses run freely is captivating, especially if they were just released from the confines of a stall. Striking movements of agility and grace, but most of all their joyful engagement to be free and move about at will is a sight I never tire of photographing. As they move about, each displaying their own unique flare, I feel like I am watching a dancer, with the arena becoming their stage. With the aid of the computer I can transport these images to a stage of my creation, blending the imagery with the imagined that’s inspired by their being, setting them free once again.

From a lifetime of involvement with horses my photographic journey has led me to follow this passion. Traveling extensively to photograph various breeds, I have become keenly aware and concerned, that their numbers are disappearing from our landscapes. I am inspired by their majestic beauty, and the place they have held in our world throughout history. Through captured moments and photomontages my artistic intent is to showcase equine splendor, and the free spirit of the horse on the run.  

Mary Aiu is an award-winning fine art photographer who spends her time pursuing beautiful horses around the world. Her work is noted for its ethereal feel, blending photographic components that often result in a painterly quality of the horse in motion. She has been described as one who can share the sensual beauty and depth of spirit in horses within her work.

Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, Center for Photographic Art, Texas Photographic Society, Triton Museum of Art, and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Monterey Museum of Art where she spoke of photomontage in the digital age, and was a TV broadcast panelist on West Coast Focus; Jerry Uelsmann’s Influence. Her work has been featured in publications including Lenswork and multiple issues of Black & White Magazine.

Mary Aiu resides in Suisun Valley, CA and the Monterey Peninsula. She holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts, is a member of the Image Makers of Monterey, and is affiliated with the Camelot Gallery in Nevada City, CA