My life is shaped, my spirit is sustained, and my artwork is inspired by the wild moody landscapes around my home. I see beauty in scenery that many people dismiss as bleak: a windswept barrens, a foggy beach, a granite headland, a snowy field, a bog. I make photographs of these landscapes because they evoke in me a passionate sense of place, and of belonging in that place.
My image-making process begins in the landscape, but my images develop significantly in the digital darkroom where I use creative techniques to transform the camera’s raw materials into works of photographic art. The resulting style often leaves viewers wondering “Is this a photograph, or a painting?” – a question that always delights me!
I spent my formative years on the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Circumstances then led me to Ontario, where I spent twenty years living and working in Toronto. Ironically, it was there, in Canada’s largest city, that my passion for wild landscapes emerged. Miserable in the urban environment, I escaped at every opportunity to hike, paddle and camp as far away as I could get from the human hubbub. Always on these trips I took guidebooks about the geology and natural history of the places I visited. Gradually I progressed from reading these books to writing them, and my writings needed illustrations… so I picked up a camera.
I have learned a lot since then, both photographically and personally. I now make my living as a full-time photographic artist, selling my prints at fine art and craft shows across eastern Canada, exhibiting at galleries, and teaching workshops. My portfolio also includes an extensive list of publications, with several books and feature articles in Canadian and U.K. magazines. Recently I have worked on projects for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, and Bird Studies Canada.
Over the years my photography has evolved organically as I have. Beginning as simple illustrations to show what places look like, my images are now more contemplative in nature and explore the landscape in the context of broader environmental and human themes.
Happily I make my home once again on the remote edge of the sea in Nova Scotia’s Guysborough County. I never take my wild landscapes for granted, and I remain curious, inspired, and infinitely grateful.