My journey to Art was through my lens and into the darkroom.
My training is in Photography, Halifax Campus, NSCC. I ran my own studio and darkroom for about fifteen years. I did portraits, weddings, graduations, family reunions, and processed my own images, colour and b/w (up to 8 x 10), slide work for local artists, as well as custom work for colleagues.
I now create images that are my choice. I am no longer limited with the number of images to take due to film size, or deal with the chemicals. The creative possibilities with digital cameras and editing software are more than I could have imagined. I’m back to learning various materials that can be printed on and with online training sites I can learn how to use my programs anywhere, any time. It is an exciting time to be in the digital world.
After a health issue made it unwise to spend so much time in large groups, I turned to nature. I have always been inspired by nature and light, with a fondness for macro and zoom lens. This combination led to a world of patterns, colours, and textures that are not always apparent to the naked eye, revealing a new view to my surroundings. With the right light, I can create the mood for my image, emphasize one thing while making others less apparent, thus leading the eye through my image. I set out to create images to share my view.
Presently I’m working on an exhibit containing images of birds taken within a 25-mile radius of my home. I am hoping to increase awareness of nature close at hand by sharing a closer glimpse into mine.
A collaboration with artist, Carolyn Bedford in 2009 resulted in “Comfort and Connections” a sculpture and photography exhibit. This exhibit was shown at the J. Franklin Wright Gallery and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and design. I also had work shown in the “Blooms “exhibits sponsored by Lyghtesome Gallery in Antigonish.
I plan to keep learning, creating images and chasing light.