Zelda Minkist, a native of Ithaca, New York, was apprenticed as a professional photographer’s assistant when she was still in the sixth grade. Her father, a professor of chemistry at Cornell University and an amateur photographer, had introduced her to the wonders of the camera early in life. During high school, Zelda apprenticed with a number of artists in the New York area and eventually won a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned a BA in Fine Art. Throughout this period, she pursued her studies of color theory and painting, continuing to find in these endeavors great creative stimulus and inspiration for her art, prints and posters.
Zelda became preoccupied early in life with matters of form and composition, and these concerns actively shaped her interests and her expressions in art, prints and posters. However, the duotone, black and white world of photojournalism could not compare in her mind and heart with the expression of color, texture and feeling that she found possible with the paintbrush.
“My work is inspired photographically”, says Zelda, “but I take it beyond the ordinary representation to create a harmonious blend of texture with composition”.