My wife Irene and I moved to a farm outside Bowser in 2005, not too far from the research area near Courtenay where I participated in a study of blue grouse in the early 1970s, as a wildlife biologist. We enjoy hosting the deer, bear, otter and cougar at our farm each year.
Back in the 60s Robert was very keen on photography but became frustrated by the limitations and expense of film and decided to give it up after taking a photography course with the renowned Freeman Patterson. My interests were rekindled at the turn of the millenium with the advent of digital photography and computer technology that allowed creative post processing.
Robert's attachment to the west coast was enhanced while exploring many remote bays in the Salish Sea in a 10 metre cruiser over four summers. From Victoria and the Gulf Islands to the north end of Vancouver Island, Robert is continually inspired by Island forests, seascapes and wildlife. I have learned much through my membership in the Comox Valley Photographic Society.
My style leans toward the slightly abstract and impressionist rather than simply representational. I like to include some unusual perspectives on local birds and the flora in my portfolio too. Though I consider myself a lapsed birder, I was the first person ever to record Black-backed Woodpeckers on the west coast of BC when I saw three in 2017 near Bowser.