Biography - frogoutofwater photography

Biography and Curriculum Vitae

“The barn is my studio.”

These are words that my family and friends never expected to hear me say. After growing up too close to the outdoors in British Columbia, I fled to cities (Toronto, London, Paris and New York) and pursued a career inside as a lawyer for many years.

Then a few years ago, I made the time to start volunteering with animal rescue groups. Fortuitously, I picked up a DSLR at the same time and decided to learn how to use it. Naturally, I pointed my lens at animals … and was captivated. I completed the International Center of Photography’s One-Year CE Track Program in 2015, and now devote much of my spare time to portraiture of rescued animals.


Solo Exhibitions

Someone not Something, Treo (New Orleans, LA), 2017, in connection with PhotoNOLA 2017

Portraits at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, The Homestead (Saugerties, NY), 2016

Group Exhibitions

Red Light, Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto, ON), 2018

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze, Connections Gallery (Toronto, ON), 2018

Juried Exhibitions


The Fence 2018, Photoville (Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Sarasota, and Santa Fe), multiple jurors 

Environmental Portraits, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Elizabeth Avedon

Natural Encounters, NY Photo Curator (online exhibition), juried by Fran Forman - Honourable Mention

Unexpected, PH21 Gallery (Budapest, Hungary), juried by Zsolt Bátori - Honourable Mention

Celebrating Women, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Joyce Tenneson

Home, SE Center for Photography (Greenvile, SC), juried by Aline Smithson

Making Strange, Praxis Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), juried by Chuck Avery

Portraits, A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, TX), juried by Alyssa CZsolt Bátorioppleman


PHOTOcentric 2017, Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY), juried by Francis M. Naumann - Director's Choice

Alleghany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Alleghany Arts Council (Cumberland, MD), juried by Shannon Thomas Perich – 2nd Place (Color)

Glass, New York Center for Photographic Arts, juried by Traer Scott – 3rd place

TPS 26: The International Competition, Texas Photographic Society (College Station, TX), juried by Allison Nordström – 3rd Place

6th Annual Juried Exhibition, Sohn Fine Art Gallery (Lenox, MA), juried by Laurie Norton Moffatt, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Jesse Kowalski – 3rd place (photography)

Animalia, A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, TX), juried by Traer Scott – Juror’s Honorable Mention

Really Affordable Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), juried by Laura Phipps - Juror's Honorable Mention

Photo ’17, Multiple Exposures Gallery (Alexandria, VA), juried by Molly Roberts

TPS 30 – Members Only Show, Texas Photographic Society (Houston, TX), juried by Malcolm Daniel

Equine, Emerge Gallery (Saugerties, NY), juried by Robert Langdon

Portals, PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), juried by Aline Smithson (online gallery)

Photography as Response, Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), juried by Christy Havranek

Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Hamidah Glasgow

2017 National Juried Photography Exhibition, Emerald Art Center (Springfield, OR)

3rd Annual Group Show, Davis-Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), juried by Paula Tognarelli

Strength & Beauty: The Women’s Show, SXSE Gallery (Molena, GA), juried by Molly Roberts

Aviary, Griffin Museum of Photography Lafayette City Center Annex (Boston, MA), juried by Paula Tognarelli

Animalia, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Arlette Kayafas

Singular/Signature, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Alyssa Koppelman

Portraits, Center for Fine Art Photography, juried by Karen Marks

Petit Deux, Emerge Gallery, juried by Robert Langdon


Up Close & Personal, PhotoPlace Gallery, juried by Kathleen Clemons – Director’s Award

Photowork ’16, Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), juried by Karen Irvine – 2nd Place

Petit, Emerge Gallery, juried by Robert Langdon

2nd Annual Group Show, Davis-Orton Gallery, juried by Paula Tognarelli

Soho Photo National Competition 2016 (New York, NY), juried by Elisabeth Biondi


Really Affordable Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, juried by Carolyn Ramo - Honorable Mention

Animal World, Umbrella Arts Gallery (New York, NY), juried by Harvey Stein

Wandering Curves, New York Center for Photographic Arts (online gallery), juried by Debra Klomp Ching


Portraits 2014, New York Center for Photographic Arts (online gallery), juried by Ellen Denuto

Interior Lives, Professional Women Photographers Members’ Exhibition at National Arts Club (New York, NY), juried by Dr. Stanley Burns


Photo Lucida Critical Mass Finalist, 2017


Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken?, photos and text, self-published (Blurb, 2018)

Someone Not Something, photos and text, self-published in consultation with Joan Liftin (Blurb, 2016)

Love and Healing at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, photos and text, self-published (Conveyor Arts, 2016)


Master class in portraiture and other studies with Neal Slavin (2014-16)

Master classes in printing and other studies with Ben Gest (2014-2017)

International Center of Photography Continuing Education Track Program (2014-15)

Momenta Documentary Photography Workshop: Project LA, on assignment for the Mutt Scouts (2014)

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