Seattle-based Lois Pierris uses both film and digital cameras to create slightly surreal, wholly unexpected images rich with vivid color, light and texture. My focus is on exploring the beauty that I see in poor, struggling societies, she says. I want to show the contrasts of decay and beauty, the surreal qualities of places that have been frozen in time and the sensuality and sadness of the people. Her work is the result of nine trips to Cuba, and many others elsewhere in the world. She has been featured in group and solo shows in Washington and California. Two of her images have been used on Starbuck’s CafÃ© Cubana CD covers.