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Sunshine Rising was created by Sunshine Urbaniak, a  graphic designer, a photographer, a fine art painter, a foodie, a gardener, and a cozy homebody. No matter what she ventures to do, her creativity leads the way. Whether it’s graphic design, photography, painting, cooking, gardening, or interior design, the common thread is creativity. And now writing is the latest new creative focus being explored and sharpened here—an inspirational living blog site— a destination for all things positive.

Things that you can read, eat, explore, and expand from—to inspire you to live a better life—in every way possible. Read about the joys and struggles of life—from overcoming fears, becoming a happier parent, or connecting with your life purpose. Cook up something new and inspiring with our delicious recipes for all skill levels. Expand your spirit to reach higher and your soul to dig a little deeper. This website is here for you.

Use it. Learn from it. Grow with it.

sunshine urbaniak

Wife, Mother, Designer, Photographer, Foodie, Gardener, Homebody

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SUNOGRAPHY

A quick introduction to Sunshine’s macro flower photography. She sees her photographs as pieces of art, abstract art made by nature. Just like a painting, every flower is an original piece at that moment in time, and she tries to capture it in all its splendor.

In 2011 seven of her photographs were chosen to be a part of The Bellagio Hotel and Casino $70 million guest room remodel. Her photographs are in the guest corridors on floors 4-28. A year later, the new Spa Tower was built and also features her photographs in its guest corridors as well.

You can see her work at www.sunography.net

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