Diane works on her art – and many other things – from her home in Hillside Beach. The beaches and surrounding boreal forests of the area inspires her photography focusing on both landscapes and the smaller details she notices on her daily dog walks. Wildlife, pines and fir trees and wildflowers make up her local portfolio along with her many pets. Diane has also had the great privilege to visit many less-travelled areas of the world, photographing many of the unusual flowers and wild animals she has seen. Her most recent jaunts were to Morocco and Cuba where instead, the bold colours, patterns and unique architecture fed her passion for capturing and bringing home the beauty she experienced.

Diane created Chickadee Lane Photography when she began taking her photography hobby seriously after retiring from her social work career seven years ago. She is self-taught but is constantly learning from and inspired by the many artists she has met via workshops, the internet and through their books.

Diane offers framed prints of her work as well as greeting cards, the latter being what inspired Diane to share her work with others – marrying creativity, a useful product and her desire to give back to the communities in which she participates. She calls them “cards for a cause” because she donates $1 from each card sold to a local charity.

Diane’s work is available in person, through her Chickadee Lane Photography website (http://chickadeelanephotography.zenfolio.com ), at various arts and crafts sales and at Carol’s on Leon Gift Shop across from Traverse Bay Corner.