I began painting and photography at a very early age, shortly thereafter picking up a pen. First B&W photographs were taken overseas at 7 years old – my initial subjects, zoo animals. I soon graduated to pocket cameras; my parent’s YASHICA, and an early SX70 – recording much of my youth as I grew. Born on Prince Edward Island, raised in New Brunswick, with studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, our Maritimes are my childhood home – their influences resonate still. My youth included residence in Alberta, Germany, and Scotland, with our Air Force family settling in Quinte by the late 1970’s. As a young adult, my parent’s gift of a Canon AL-1 sparked a new level of interest, serving me well until my purchase of a Canon EOS Rebel Ti in 2005. Studying basics of photography at Loyalist College (B&W Photography I & II) during the 1980’s, I fine-tuned use of light and further honed skills. Throughout my administrative career in politics – art, in particular photography and writing – have remained creative constants. I don’t go anywhere scenic without trusty camera – including biting snow squalls off Lake Ontario at Sandbanks/Outlet Park!
My photographs and words have been published in magazine and newspaper format on numerous occasions. I’ve exhibited at several, varied venues and galleries within Quinte, enjoying well-rounded local recognition of photographic art, as well as recognition by KODAK of Rochester, NY. Artistic genes, passion for life, appreciation of community, and love of expression, led me to embrace the Artist I have always been.