Patricia Izzo was recently recognized by American Photo magazine as one of the "hottest new talents" and an artist "destined for big things." This premier national magazine showcasing the work of professional photographers singled out her work from nearly 50,000 submissions. Izzo has a B.S. in Art Education and a graduate assistantship in her M.A. program from Northern Michigan University. Classically trained in both photography and oil painting, these two talents are synthesized together harmoniously in her hand-illustrated photographs. Further, her reliance on the subject matter for inspiration and her use of natural light makes her work stand out. Izzo in her own words says, "the camera, the subject, and the photographer are connected by the same creative spirit." And it is this creative and collaborative spirit which is apparent to and inspires those who have seen her work.