Exploring wild places began at a very young age when I wandered in the woodland areas surrounding my home in coastal Nova Scotia. These wanderings set my imagination on fire and were fuelled by discovery and an excitement of what I might find. Always curious, my explorations have developed into a lifelong love of the wilderness, especially the hidden worlds seen with a macro lens that may often appear to many as unfamiliar and abstract. I prefer to wander off the beaten path, treading lightly, and striving to protect what I observe. It is my intention that quiet conversations from within are expressed thoughtfully in my images.
My background is in critical care nursing followed by earth science and toxicology. I have a restless curiosity about physics, biology, and chemistry, among others, that has helped me understand natural processes and how they influence the subjects I discover and photograph. Photography is the means to explore my relationship with the land and its processes. It is in macro and intimate landscape photography that I feel a strong sense of calm and easily slip into the silence of making images. The textures, patterns, colours, light, and fine details in these landscapes are highlighted in my work.
Sometimes when venturing outdoors is improbable, I like to experiment in a makeshift home laboratory. I have made many images of mushroom spore prints, grown crystals for experiments with cross polarization imagery, and made various concocted solutions for macro photography. Experimental work is challenging at the best of times and yields a low success rate with images.
I am a previous member of ViewPoint Gallery and my photography has been included in several group exhibitions and art festivals. My work is held in private collections in Canada, US, Norway, and the UK. My photographs have been published in scientific journals (Journal of Structural Geology, Lithos) and books; The Last Billion Years, and Four Billion Years and Counting by the Atlantic Geoscience Society and Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences.