I believe there is potential in the microscopic to reawaken us and bring us face to face with something we too often forget: that life on this earth is full of wonder, full of mystery. My hope is that my work will help the viewer become re-enchanted by the truly marvelous in the everyday. I am inspired by the delicate details that reside in the groves, gardens and architectures of the smallest corners of our world. I often work with botanical specimens that are in the process of decay because especially in their passage through death, they lead to regeneration, new beginnings, and exhibit extraordinary beauty.
Born in London, England, I left a career in industrial manufacturing, and moved to Vancouver in 1987. I graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1994, subsequently my work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. In 2002, I participated in a collaborative residency at the The Banff Centre (Alberta) that resulted in the acquisition of my work by the Walter Phillips Gallery. In 2004 I was awarded an Earthwatch fellowship to participate in an archeological project in Washington State and in November 2008 my image “Atlin II” received the Director’s Selection Award from The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2007, I was awarded my first public art commission for the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, my sculpture was unveiled in June 2009. Since then I have been commissioned to create several public art pieces for the City of Richmond in BC. My work will also be included in the Edmonton “Streetscapes” part of the Alberta Avenue revitalization.
From all the time I have spent in the forest. I thought I knew it well.
Your pictures give me an insight into the world right under our feet.