I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada June 19, 1967. I've been fortunate enough to live in several countires and experience many cultures from around the world. Travel....Music....Photography...Art, throw in a little Paramedic work and Firefighting for excitement and that's me.
I provide my collectors with an original and personalized piece of art that celebrates their passion and accomplishments. I try to capture an emotional element in my artwork that goes beyond the image itself. My home is filled with my own personal artwork celebrating the things I love and that I'm proud of.
Stuff I use for photography:
Canon 5D mark iii, Sony A7R, Canon 14mm f2.8L, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Canon 24-105 mm f4L., Canon 70-200mm f2.8L. Photomatix Pro, Topaz Labs Adjust, Denoise and Sharpen, All the Nik Software stuff, Photoshop CC, Corel Painter X and Lightroom 5.
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I’ve been in a few scary situations while working. Almost getting hit by a truck on the highway, getting caught in a house fire, flipping the ambulance and dealing with really dangerous patients. I’ve often wondered if I was just lucky or if I had someone or something looking out for me. St. Michael is the Patron Saint for police officers and St. Florian is the Patron Saint for firefighters. Even accountants have St. Matthew to look out for them. Some believe it’s relatives who have passed looking out for them or some feel it is just luck. Which ever you believe there’s no doubt that many first responders have wondered how they survived certain situations. I would love to hear your story and what or who you believe is looking out for you.
Stay safe brothers and sisters.
About a week ago I went for a “routine” procedure. When I arrived at the specialist’s office I followed my directions, I stripped naked from the waist down, laid on the table and left my baby maker out in the open for the world to see. I wasn’t uncomfortable with the procedure until this very moment. About 10 minutes later 2 women entered, the one who was going to perform the procedure was a student. For the next 30 min I was handled, squeezed and examined. All of a sudden this routine procedure turned very invasive.
I started thinking of all the times I’ve had patients in the back of my ambulance whom I started 12 leads, IVs or intubated, all routine procedures. When most of us go to work we’re going to start more IVs than people will have cups of coffee that day. My point is what seems routine to us may be a terrifying experience for our patients. I think it’s important to maintain a level of compassion for our patients. It may be the 5th IV you’ve started that day but the first ever for your patient.
I’ve been wanting to do a Flight Nurse and Medic piece for a long time and this image illustrates my point very well. Imagine on top of the IV, 12 lead, medications and the initial injury or medical condition you will now be flying in a helicopter or small plane. Flying alone can be terrifying for many people.
Thank you everyone for your continued support. Be safe and take care of each other.
On June 8th of this year Constable Daniel Woodall and his squad were serving an arrest warrant to a man known to be extreme in his anti-Semitic bullying of an Edmonton man and his family. They were both shot at through the door as they approached by a cowardly loser who then lit his house on fire and took his own life. Constable Woodall was killed and his partner was shot in the back saved by his bullet proof vest. Constable Woodall is survived by his wife and two young boys.
It bothers me when professional athletes, movie stars or other famous people are referred to as heroes. If you are risking your life to protect others then you are a hero. Constable Woodall's boys will know their Dad died a hero, protecting his community. This was evident as thousands showed their respects to the Woodall family during a public visitation yesterday. Their loss is felt by all First Responders.
This is Edmonton Police Service Squad 8 NE. I was discussing police shootings with one of the officers and she told me they are aware it's not 'if' it's 'when' the next officer will be killed in the line of duty. Two days later Constable Woodall was shot. I've done several of these squad portraits for EPS and after spending a little time with them the connection they have is evident. My deepest condolences go out to the Woodall family and the Edmonton Police Service. Thank you for keeping our community safe and the sacrifice you have made.
A public trust fund has been set up at the Royal Bank of Canada, and contributions can be made at any branch to the D. Woodall Family Fund.
When the call is over I'm usually pretty wired, especially if we had a save. It's disheartening to walk back to the truck after your paperwork and handoff report is done and have to look at this. The part that hits me is once we get this all cleaned up we may be doing it again right away...or we may be going for a routine, non emerge transfer.
I love this job, I know in many of my pieces I'm showing the sadder or more negative sides but I do that to raise PTSD and mental health awareness. As dreary as this image looks I get excited looking at it. What bigger rush is there than to be trying to save a life.
Stay safe everyone.
Sometimes it's hard to comprehend why things happen. Why innocent children are killed or why people do certain things to each other. For a normal person it doesn't make sense why someone would murder a child or torture another human to death. Why would a whole family be killed in a car accident just because they had a flat? Why does a loving father die in front of his family while eating dinner because he choked on a chicken bone? it does not compute!!! It's hard to make sense of these things and I think that's what makes us crazy.
I know I've found myself just sitting there after a call, trying to process it, trying to make some sense of it. After many years doing this work I've learn that when it comes to life and death there is no sense. There is no right and wrong or fairness. I'm a believer of what comes around goes around and Karma.
I know many of my fellow First Responder Brothers and Sisters know what I'm talking about. These types of calls can really get in our heads and stay there forever. If you have one of these in your brain and can't shake it get help, get rid of it before it gets rid of you. Stay safe everyone and have a good weekend.