PHO­TOG­RA­PHER, PHI­LAN­THROPIST.

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De­scribe what be­ing an artist means to you. I think I have the best job in the world. I can be cre­ative ev­ery day! If I am not pho­tograph­ing for my busi­ness, I am pho­tograph­ing for my spe­cial projects or for my­self. Ev­ery day, I con­tinue to ex­plore, develop and grow as an artist. There is still so much to learn and so much to do! I al­ways look for­ward to what is next. De­scribe the evo­lu­tion of your work. From very early on in my ca­reer, I had the de­sire to do more with my work – to make a dif­fer­ence with my pho­tog­ra­phy.

was my fi rst book project – one that I am very proud of. I went on to self-pub­lish my sec­ond book called

Each book had a char­ity at­tached to it. Now I am work­ing on my third book called

in sup­port of Project North. I co-founded Project North with Joan Wein­man, and it is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that brings hockey equip­ment to the youth in re­mote Nu­navut com­mu­ni­ties. I have had nu­mer­ous pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tions in sup­port of char­i­ties. I think this is how I have grown most as an artist. Along the way, I have learned a lot about the world, but also about my­self. I am blessed to be able to do what I love for a liv­ing and in some small way, hope­fully, make a dif­fer­ence. Have you ever been un­able to cre­ate? The only time I haven’t been able to cre­ate is when I haven’t had a cam­era in my hand. I see pic­tures ev­ery­where and in ev­ery­thing! Your suc­cess is ev­i­dent; where do you want to take it from here? I would like to con­tinue my work in the Arc­tic, and I would also like to ex­plore other parts of this world that I haven’t seen yet – like Antarc­tica! Maybe after I get the cold out of my sys­tem, I will go to warmer cli­mates like Rwanda to see the go­ril­las. I would also like to spend more time be­ing a wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher. What has been your proud­est mo­ment to date? My proud­est mo­ment to date as an artist has to be my three-month solo ex­hi­bi­tion called “Arc­tic Kalei­do­scope . . . The Peo­ple, Wildlife and Ever-Chang­ing Land­scape” at the Canadian Mu­seum of Na­ture this past March. Next was hav­ing a pho­to­graph ap­pear in Na­tional Ge­o­graphic mag­a­zine.

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