For as long as I can remember, creating art has been a driving force in my life. As a child growing up on the flatlands of Alberta, I didn’t have a toy room, instead my parents made me a craft room where I would spend hours creating trinkets, paintings, collages and jewelry. I have been a true art geek from a very young age.
As I grew up, I began to travel – an opportunity which has opened doors to countless valuable experiences which I wouldn’t trade for the world. For the past number of years I have moved a little further and further west each year with stints in the Rockies, the Kootenays, the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island [plus a pretty amazing, life-changing year in New Zealand!] Eventually I returned and am exceptionally content to have settled back in at my first stop on this adventure; where my heart has been since I first left and my feet belong; the Rocky Mountains.
I am so lucky to live, work & play here in Canmore with my really cool huz Adam, our wonderfully squishy mini-mountain-man, Morris, and a super-furry, crazy-awesome cat, Goombah. She makes Adam sneeze in a bad way, but he tolerates these side effects because he knows how much I adore having a fuzzball on my lap nuzzled into my elbow during a long photo editing session. This is one of the several reasons that I know for sure that I won the husband lottery.
The truth is, I will never tire of a cold beer on a sunny patio, whether it comes apres a good winter day on the slopes or following a muddy bike ride…or even after a mellow day in the office! If I had my way I would wear a colorful sundress every day of the year; clearly I chose the wrong climate for that. I hold a strong appreciation for the rich, warm light the sun offers as it comes up and goes down. My very favorite day of the year is the very first fluffy snowfall, followed closely by the day when the new spring leaves burst into a flurry of green. I forget what it is like see the world like a normal person - I am always imagining what the scene would look like through a lens…I like it that way!
Through the years, I have dabbled in a number of notably interesting, yet somewhat unfulfilling jobs. Eventually I got the notion that I just had to offer a career in photography a shot…and now, I truly can not imagine doing anything but. My job seriously couldn’t be any cooler; I am constantly striving to learn more, to cultivate my skills and push my creativity. I am inspired by all things eclectic, authentic and thoughtful. I simply love to tell stories with my camera.
Want to know even more? Feel free to follow along with our family’s adventures and day-to-day life on our personal blog: Little House in the Mountains.
[All these beautiful photos of my family and I loving life here in the mountains by my wonderful friend, Lindsay Ross.]