In primary school, we were often asked to write something about ourselves. It was quite complicated then, as I never seemed to have anything interesting to say about myself, but now, at my age, well, I think I could keep you entertained (or bored) for a few hours. But I’ll try to make it short.
I was born in Hearst, in northern Ontario, Canada. A small town in a big country. A great place to be born.
I had wonderful parents. People of high quality. Won the lottery! I was pretty good at school… very lucky there too! My father recognized that I had a certain talent in music so he encouraged me (in fact he forced me) to take lessons. Every time I play an instrument, I thank him inwardly.
I did my BA in Hearst. Yes, there is a university in this small municipality, lost somewhere among the black spruces of Northern Ontario: L’Université de Hearst.
My studies over, I headed to the counry to raise cows, pigs, horses, chickens, ducks, you name it! Going ‘’back to the land’’was the trend of the day in the early seventies. I learned many important life lessons during that period. I would never trade those years of shoveling manure for anything!
Through it all, starting at the age of 16, I played music in different bands, including an all-girl band in 1967. I was a puppeteer for a few years as well as layout artist for my town's weekly newspaper ‘Le Nord’ founded by my brother Paul and some local investors in 1976.
Moved to the Ottawa region in 1984. Owner of Toucan Design, a graphic design business, for fifteen years.
Over the years I took a few photo workshops with my mentor, Freeman Patterson as well as other renowned photographers.
In 2000 I decided to try my luck as a full-time nature photographer… (to be continued)
I remember vividly the first real photograph I took. It was Saturday February 15 1969. It was 35, maybe 40 below zero on this beautiful winter day… (to be continued)