After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world. Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their work is showcased in museums, galleries, and shows and on-line at www.CelebrateLifeGallery.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CelebrateLifeGallery
Winner of the Americana category at the Smithsonian Magazine's 7th Annual International Photo Contest with the image 'Scenic Overlook'
Winner of the Light Space and Time Gallery's All-Women Photography category International Contest with the image 'Wet Dreams'
Winner of the Silver Arts Senior Games Cherokee County, NC with the image 'Hanging Garden'
Silver Medal of the Silver Arts Senior Games Cherokee County, NC with the image 'Wildfire'
Bronze Medal of the Silver Arts Senior Games Cherokee County, NC with the image 'Pinto Beans'
Gold Medal Winner of the 2012 North Carolina Senior Arts competition with the image 'Hanging Garden'
Bronze Medal Winner of the 2012 North Carolina Senior Arts competition with the image 'Pinto Beans'
Silver Medal of the National Photo Contest at the Art Center, Blue Ridge, GA with the image 'Hanging Garden'
Silver Medal in the BRMP 2012 National Photo Contest, Blue Ridge, GA with the image 'Pinto Beans'
Top 49 Finalist in the Appalachian Mountains Photography Contest at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC with the image 'Morning Pink'
Winner of Top 10 Photos in the Celebrate America U.S. Government Photography Contest with the image 'Alum Cave Overlook'
Our images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of our images are in private collections in the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Slovakia, and India!
Their love of life shows in their beautiful images and hope you find the same pleasure in viewing and purchasing their fine art photography!