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"Surviving One More Storm"
My photography has always covered a wide range of subject matter, as the world around me, particularly the natural world, is an endless source of fascination and delight. My first love is macro photography - that tiny, astonishing world that most people never see. I am captivated by the beautiful abstract images that can be extracted from everyday objects, by getting in very close with a macro lens and an open mind. In my continuing photographic evolution, I discovered the world beyond the 'documentary' photo and am now absorbed in exploring the realm of creative photographic art. I love to experiment with unusual artistic techniques, including multiple exposures and photo montages, and have been greatly inspired by Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant, two of Canada's foremost photographic artists. Presenting beautiful and unique interpretations of common subjects has become my passion, and the innovative perspectives that I share with the viewer have been well received.
My images have been published by Canadian Camera Magazine, Langley Visitor's Guide, Visitors' Choice Magazine, and recently included in Photographer's Forum Magazine's "Best of Photography 2005". I have exhibited in several juried art and photography exhibitions and have received awards for my work. This is wonderful, but it doesn't compare with the soul-deep satisfaction of capturing a unique image, or a moment in time, to share with those who might never otherwise experience it.
Born in England, I came to Canada while very young, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. My Dad gave me my first camera - a Brownie Hawkeye - for my 9th birthday, and I began then to record my world on film. In 1980 I moved 30 miles east to Langley, then a small rural community, and pursued a career in Accounting, which may explain my love of the small details within macro photography. Due to career and family commitments, I didn't begin to make images seriously until 1998. I joined camera clubs, studied everything related to photography, and participated in many workshops. I always include at least one major workshop or photographic tour in my annual travels, not only to hone my skills, but also to share ideas and inspiration with other photographers. I compete in regional, national, and international photography competitions, and my work has been selected for juried exhibitions. I share my passion by writing articles, teaching workshops, and through speaking engagements and presentations of my work. I am an active member of Langley Camera Club, Lions Gate Camera Club, In Sync Group - an audio/visual group producing digital presentation of their imagery, set to music - , and Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). I am a CAPA-certified Photography Judge, and evaluate images for other clubs and competitions. My work is in several private collections in Canada.
2005: "Point Wilson Sunset" was a finalist of 21, 000 entries in the Photographer's Forum Magazine Photography Competition. I was published in their "Best of Photography 2005".
2005: "Surviving One More Storm" (color) selected for the 'Random Acts of Art' exhibition and sale in Fort Langley. The image won "Jurors' Choice Award".
2005: "Tunnel Vision" accepted in 'Random Acts of Art' juried exhibition and sale in Fort Langley.
2005: 3 prints selected for exhibition at the Fraser Valley Invitational Challenge.
2005: "Passing Storm" wond the CAPA Hoffman Trophy and bronze medal.
2005: 6 prints selected for exhibition at the annual Brant Festival on Vancouver Island.
2005: Several images selected for publication in Lagley's 'Visitors' Choice' magazine, and the 'Visitor's Guide' publication.
2005: "Surviving One More Storm" (black & white) won the Crescent Beach Photography Club's Black and WHite Invitational Challenge.
2005: "Dawn on the Khutze River" won the Smith Trophy
2004: "Surviving One More Storm" (color) won CAPA Pacific Zone Print Challenge, receiving the silver medal and becoming one of 30 top images in a year-long traveling exhibit.
2004: "Surviving One More Storm" (as a projected slide) won both Hancock and Elder trophies, plus silver and bronze medals.
2004: "Male Wood Duck" placed 3rd in the Nature division of the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club Seminar, the largest seminar of its kind in Canada.
2004: "Wind" won both Hancock and Hoffman trophies in CAPA competitions.
2004: "Cranberry Harvester" won the Freeman Patterson Trophy.
2004: "Snow Goose Migration" won CAPA's Smith Trophy for Nature.
2004: "Female Red-Winged Blackbird" placed 4th, out of 400 entries at the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club Seminar.
2004: "Zion Path" placed 2nd in the Delta Invitational Print Challenge.
2003: "Male Hairy Woodpecker" won a regional competition and was exhibited for a year in the Wild Bird Center.
2003: 7 prints won 1st place in each of 7 categories, for exhibition in the annual Cloverdale Rodeo Exhibition. "Portrait of Lisa" won Best in Show.
2003: "Battle of Wills" won the Elder Trophy and bronze medal.
2002: "Bedeviled wond 2 medals, and first place at the Delta Invitational Print Challenge.
2001: "Seeing Red" received 3 awards in various competitions, and 1st place in the Pacific Zone Print Challenge, joining 20 other works in a year-long traveling exhibition.
2001: "Seeing Red" won the CAPA Hoffman Trophy and bronze medal. It also placed 2nd in the North Shore Invitational Challenge, as a projected slide.
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