I was born in Montreal, Canada,
in 1942. In those early years we could not afford toys that children
have today and so, being a rambunctious child, my dad would take
me as often as he could to see the monkeys frolicking in a pet
shop window down near St. Denis Street. I was fascinated with
them and I wanted to watch them for hours on end. I was three
years old at the time.
Thus my passion for animals grew
combined with a desire for world travel which eventually led
to wildlife photography and by 1999, I had visited all seven
continents. My first photo series was on Antarctica, a frozen
world teeming with wildlife. Seeing thousands of Penguins nesting
on shore is an astounding sight! I traveled alone to Borneo and
witnessed first hand the steamy rainforest with its leech-infested
trails and marveled at the rare Proboscis Monkeys found only
there. Visiting Churchill, Manitoba, I watched in wonderment
as the Polar Bears visited with us just outside our Tundra Buggy
and I explored the Galapagos Islands to see what Darwin was all
about. Reaching Wrangel Island in 1996 set a record for us being
the first photographers ever to reach Wrangel by sea.
I have been selling my photos
and greeting cards since 1994. My photos have appeared in Westways
Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and have been shown on the Channel
7 morning news on various occasions. I have shown my cards at
"The Gathering," an animal encounter sponsored by former
Hollywood Animal Trainer, Ralph Helfer, and it is a pleasure
to share my photos with you today.
Whether walking among grizzlies
at Brooks Falls or watching the life and death struggles on the
African Plains, the world of animal photography has indeed been
a journey of enlightenment and a privilege to be part of.