Philosophy Photography is a flexible and accessible medium that readily lends itself to a wide range of styles and purposes. And it has the magical capacity to stop time.
Style Kathleen's photographic style is variable, depending on the content, purpose, and context. Much of her work draws on the documentary tradition and offers social comment. She feels that verisimilitude - the ability to look real - is at the heart of photography's power and identity.
Technique Although Kathleen's formative experiences with the medium of photography was grounded in silver-based materials and methods, she has fully embraced the joys of digital photography.
Background Kathleen taught photography for over 20 years, including 15 years at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (1987-2002) and 3 years at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (1981-1984), as well as several years at a wide range of art programs in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, including programs offered by Maritime Photographic Workshops, University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University, and Mount Saint Vincent University.
Kathleen has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography from Ryerson University (1981), Master of Education from Dalhousie University (1992), and Doctor of Education from the University of Toronto (1999). Her doctoral dissertation focused on the use of photography as a tool for analysing social change. She joined ViewPoint Gallery in 2002.
Since 2002, Kathleen has worked as a senior administrator for various pan-Canadian non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Council on Learning, Centre for Literacy of Quebec, and the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia.
Kathleen's photographic work is a visual expression of her commitment to working with others to build a just, equitable, and fully participatory society.