I arrived on the West Coast almost 30 years ago to continue my studies in Environmental Science and have been here ever since. I have a Diploma in Environmental Quality Control, a Bachelor of Science; I’m a Certified PADI Dive Master, a PaddleBoard Instructor and spent 12 years working in Environmental Analytical Chemistry before starting a family.
My love of the ocean led me to the Coast and underwater to become a DiveMaster.
It was there, in the quiet weightless beauty of diving, I first attempted to translate to film the way I feel about what I see. With the addition of a family to my life I spend less time underwater but do sail and paddleboard across the surface and spend endless hours exploring the forests that surround the sea.
There is no denying the incredible beauty of the Pacific Northwest; the diverse species of wildlife in the water, land and sky, the majestic beauty of the mountains and forests, to the great swells and crashing waves that reach the shore. It calls out to many of us, in unique and diverse ways. I cannot resist trying to capture, just a moment, of being there. These images are a reflection of my heart.
My work is not limited to West Coast landscapes, my Abstract and Architectural images reveal an appreciation for the absolute symmetry and lines of the city, the hidden treasures of what is discarded or the stories that can unfold from an old fishing boat or building. These images are a reflection of my thoughts combined with music, the energy within the inanimate, the presence of nature in the unnatural, the thrill of discovering something beautiful where it may not be obvious. These images are a reflection of my soul.
Digital photography has opened a level of experimentation that did not exist with film, there is a freedom without limit. I’m completely self taught and have imposed set of restrictions on my work. I will saturate the colour, intensify the contrast, crop and/or change the orientation of a photograph. I do not add any element to an image that does not already exist.
My pieces have made their way to England, China and the US and many private residences in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. My work is also featured in a continuing show at The Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa and I am a member of the Gage Gallery Artists Collective in Oak Bay. I have volunteered my photography skills to Raincoast Conservation, Greenpeace Canada, FraserFEST and Watershed Watch and donated works to the Banff Mid-Summers Ball 2014/15/15, CNIB Art Appeal 2015, Heart for Hopice 2015, VGH/UBD Night of 1000 Stars Gala 2015 and YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards 2016.
I have also self published two books of photography combined with my thoughts and poetry.
“Blue Meets Blue” – The return to knowing.
“Untangled” - Untangling the journey of coming to this place at this time.
Currently working on Book 3 – “One Thread” – The Search for connections in a disconnected world.