About the Artist
Since childhood I have been inspired by the beauty, mystery and power of nature. I was taught from a young age to appreciate the diversity and wonder of the natural world. Today I am grateful for this early exposure, and for the fortune of having experienced some of the most beautiful places on our planet, which ignited my imagination and kick-started my quest for knowledge.
Art for me is a way to explore the world and relate my experiences of it. I became especially fascinated with painting the ocean once I learned to scuba dive at the age of 12. This world, full of colour and energy, sparked both my imagination and my curiosity. I wanted to learn the Sea’s secrets, and art was an important step along that journey.
Today I work in a variety of different media: traditional painting and drawing, film and digital photography, murals, fabric painting, and graphic illustration. My subject matter is centered around ocean creatures and environments, often with elements of stylization and surrealism. You can view my completed projects in the GALLERY, visit the SHOP, or commission your own unique artwork by clicking COMMISSIONS.
About the Scientist
I started my research career at Dalhousie University, in the beautiful maritime city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I graduated with Honor’s in Marine Biology, and spent a year studying vocalizations of long-finned pilot whales off Cape Breton Island. This was my introduction to fieldwork, and ignited my interest in marine mammalogy, social ecology, and bioacoustics. An important aspect of the work also involved working with communities around Cape Breton to further public education and outreach. This is where I discovered my primary goal as a researcher: to connect my research to the humans that it affects.
I then completed my Master’s at Acadia University, where I studied the oceanic movements of Alewife (locally known as Gaspereau) using cutting edge acoustic tracking technologies. One of my primary goals was to quantify if and how much time fish spend in areas with tidal turbines, in order to assess whether these structures pose a threat to the species. My data also reveals interesting new information on factors affecting post-spawning migration in the tidal estuary of Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy. You can read more about this project over at the Gaspereau Tagging Project page.
Today, I work as a Species at Risk biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, helping to assess the status of threatened and endangered aquatic species like the Atlantic Whitefish, Seawolf, and Shortnose Sturgeon, and develop strategies for their recovery.
On this site, I will be taking you on a tour of the world’s oceans, and introducing you to some of their amazing inhabitants! I want to share the message that everything in our lives is connected to nature (yes, even for those of us living in cities, far from any coastline). I know that tackling global issues can be daunting, especially when we are talking about threats to our own existence. I hope that my work will help you see the hope and power of conservation, and maybe even encourage the next generation of young biologists and field researchers!