I bonded with books at a young age. I wrote fiction, read Nancy Drew mysteries, and loved Rupert Bear. As I grew older, I became fascinated with art and science, particularly drawing, rocks, and wildlife. I still cannot resist a lovely sedimentary stone. I have always been passionately dedicated to protecting wild animals and the environment. What I did not foresee is that my love of the arts and all things scientific would ultimately develop into not one but two careers.
In 2008, I abandoned a science career of 26 years and founded Word Flight and Light, a freelance writing and photography business. But I did not abandon science. I’ve written bios of Faculty of Science professors and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductees, and was thrilled to have a feature article in Yes Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds. I’ve also edited and written grant applications to advance scientific research and support wildlife rehabilitation.
Over the past few years, I have returned to my childhood love of writing fiction and poetry, and started exploring new creative expression through composite photography. With the aid of photo-editing software, I merge elements of two or more of my photographs to create unique images of emotive, fictional worlds. Each intriguing piece of artwork encourages the viewer to reflect on how ecosystems are interconnected, interdependent and indispensable.
When I’m not writing or taking photos, there’s a good chance you’ll find me reading a mystery novel, hiking in Pinery Provincial Park or tackling a challenging knitting project.