Primarily self taught. Graduate background in education and library information. Exhibiting, mostly in Canada. Inklings of wanting to work with nature go back to a childhood spent in the country. An attraction to the colour green and the transitory beauty of leaf growth,maturity and leaf-fall. This decades-long thrill still happens when walking through woodlands, mushroom hunting or preparing garden vegetables when cooking. July-November is the gathering stage as I return to favourite riparian and woodland areas around the city. The procedure of gathering, pressing, drying and storage is a ritual remembered from year to year. Ideally what I want to accomplish is to manipulate this once-living material so that it becomes something new, a "ground" for contemplation, poetic inklings and elegant thought, approached not through logic but intuition. Moved by the work of Martin Puryear, Wolfgang Laib and herman de vries. Featured on EcoArt Project Artist of the Week Series.