A native Nova Scotian, I spent my formative years in my father's studio watching him draw and paint, participating in debates around the kitchen table on aesthetic and craftsmanship issues. In the mid-sixties I studied photography in New York City, and film making in London, England, before returning to Canada and working in television and commercial photography in Toronto. I returned to Halifax to study philosophy and history, then opened a photographic studio and laboratory. I have recently returned to university to continue my studies in philosophy while still pursuing my turning and teaching. I began woodturning in industrial arts class, grade 9. I soon built my first bowl lathe from scrap shafts, pulleys and a discarded washing machine motor. I was captivated by the speed of the turning process as a sculptural medium. In the mid 1980's I began selling my work . In 1991 I became a full time woodturner, producing artifacts for sale to craft galleries, at retail craft shows and from my studio. A demand to teach my approach to woodturning arose. I began accepting students, conducting seminars, writing, and demonstrating. The challenges of woodturning continue to satisfy my desire to develop new methods of work and enable me to explore new and exciting creative directions. I am a juried (and honorary life) member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and a founding (and honorary life) member of the Nova Woodturners’ Guild.