The Turtle Lady
For as long as I can remember I have been irresistibly drawn to OUTSIDE. At a very young age, I came to love animals of all kinds. The sciences, particularly Biology, were the focus of my interest through school.
After graduating from Michigan State University, I worked at McHenry County Conservation District in northern Illinois, most recently as Wildlife Ecologist. I came to know the wildlife and natural ecosystems in the area quite intimately during the 21 years I worked there. A sixteen year study that I conducted involved trapping and year long tracking of turtles through out the county. I often became known as The Turtle Lady by the local communities.
I have worked to practice and promote an ecologically friendly lifestyle. I hold deeply reverent love and respect for the world all around us. I have been inspired by the intricate subtle influences outside that work together to create a self-sustaining, responsive system; whether a biological unit, a coordinated community of inter-specific entities or a landscape ecosystem.
I have also been appalled at the arrogant abuses the human race, at large, has inflicted upon all living creatures outside. Now, recently retired, I find my artistic side demanding expression. Having experience in photographic documentation of various findings in my career, it seemed a natural shift to now focus my energy on wildlife photography.
My hope in my work is to bring to others the sense of awe, joy and wonderment I feel when I experience all that goes on outside. I guess I am still documenting. My fear in my work is, if nothing else, it will be a testimony to what once was…OUTSIDE.