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Camp Reflections


Janel Pahl’s special treatments and decorative enhancements give her images a distinct, original look that is sure to be popular with art enthusiasts. Photography has been her main art for over 30 years, but recently, along with her photographs, she has added hand made papers, encaustic waxes and acrylic paints to create images with texture, depth and warmth. Janel was featured in Décor Magazine as one of 2009 Artists to watch for. She was quoted, “My style is focused on natural and dramatic lighting , which evokes emotion.” The creative treatments give the viewer a sense of reality, but also convey painterly effects with emotion. “My goal as an artist is to cause one to pause, take a second look and rest in a pure form of beauty.” Janel Pahl is a Master Photographer and a national judge for the Professional Photographers of America. In addition, she is a teacher of photography and has inspired aspiring and professional photographers around the world. She has presented her workshops in Canada, Italy, Korea, England,Ireland and throughout the United States. Her images have won numerous national and international awards. Along with her portraits, Janel’s fine art images are published with the Canadian art group, Winn Devon.

And yet, more than her amazing talent, she has this grace-filled, beautiful spirit. This will be Janel’s 18th summer to serve at Royal Family KIDS Camp in Costa Mesa, California. These reflections are just a small sampling of what she writes. She doesn’t write them to be read. However, every year her Camp Director, Bill Richardson, convinces her to share them at the Camp Counselor meeting on the last morning of camp. This year, we were able to convince Janel to give us a week’s worth of reflections for all of us to share.