“Abstract by Nature”
Born in England and immigrated to Canada with my war bride mother and Canadian soldier father. I started taking photos when my son was about 5 years old… a very long time ago! I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture an event or image that I see in everyday life or in our amazing Mother Nature.
Self-taught in photography, I was encouraged to enter some of my pictures into the Western Fair Photo event when I was around 45 years of age. With no formal training I was totally surprised to win 2nd, 3rd and 4th on 3 of my 4 entries. Since then, I have had the privilege of taking pictures at weddings, christenings, and family events.
I was a member of the St. Thomas Camera Club for a couple of years and learned a lot from my fellow photographers. I have also had the privilege of travelling to different countries and to learn about the cultures I visited. I do not alter my images so what you see is what I saw at the time. Be it through a bus window in China with the rain running down the window or a pile of discarded antlers that had been shed getting ready to “Grow a New Pair”. I still do not know how to use my camera.
While showing my photography at an art centre I was challenged to paint a picture for a charity event! Again, not knowing that I had the ability to paint, let alone draw, I was surprised when it sold right away. So began my venture into the wonderful world of painting in water colours and acrylics. I also enjoy drawing with graphite.
With very little training in drawing or painting I taught and challenged myself to practice daily, if possible, to improve my techniques. Learning to use a palette knife is very intriguing I find, so you may see some abstracts I have tried here.
I hope you enjoy my view of the world. Always challenge yourself!