Resilient. Creative. Curious.
A life-long learner.
Loves animals, people and new technology.
REALLY loves teaming up to solve complex problems.
A Note from Leah:
Since the mid-nineties, my photographic and poetic work has been aimed at documenting the fascinating world around me. I have been fortunate in finding opportunities to document the life and activity of ordinary Canada, whether in the midst of a megatropolis like the greater Toronto area or in the boreal regions of northern Ontario and coastal wetlands of British Columbia.
Since arriving in British Columbia in late 2013, I have enjoyed a tremendous growth in my creative energy and corresponding improvement in the use of a variety of new tools. Most of my current work encompasses my triple loves: visuals, words, and music.
I have been strongly influenced by Ansel Adams, the late Galen Rowell, Jerry Uelsmann and Franz Lanting, all photographers who have made a lifelong habit of learning and growing.
Please have a leisurely look around, and enjoy your visit to my web site!
My arts career began with photography in the early 1970’s when my family moved to Europe. In the 1990’s I began to move to digital arts with the advent of digital photography, and used my skills in web development and commercial graphic arts projects (logos, merchandising graphics, marketing materials) from the late ‘90’s until around 2006, when I became active with the Brighton Arts Council in Ontario, Canada. I have written poetry, short stories, essays, articles and technical documents for publication throughout.
Honours Certificate in Photo Imaging 2005 Humber College
Honours Certificate in Internet E-Commerce Development and Design 2005 Humber College
Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design 1991 Institute for Computer Studies, North York
[Detail list of career development courses in technology management available on request.]
Volunteer Positions Listing:
2018—2021 Vice President, ArtsCan Resource Network.
2016—2017 Technical Team Lead, ArtsCan Resource Network. Lead the technical team to identify and document requirements for ArtsCan Resource Network’s databases, applications, and web site in order to help the organization fulfill its mandate.
2015-2016 Vice President, Langley Arts Council.
2014-2015 Secretary of the Board, Langley Arts Council. All regular duties of the Secretary of the Board plus Technical Coordinator and Liaison for their web site, social media, and computing infrastructure.
2009-2010 Grants Assistance, Brighton Arts Council – support grant preparation and submission by hired intern. Presenting projects and plans to members at monthly member meetings. Active participant in annual October is Arts Month, Pirate Invasion Festivals, Applefest Gallery. BAC member from 2007 to 2013.
2005-2007 Rural Ramble Farm Tour – Organizing Committee Member and later, Tour Coordinator and Webmaster. Assisting with logistics and media coordination during 2005-2006; Coordinate member farms and resources to present annual tour in 2007.
Arts Exhibits and Activities:
|Genre||Title of Artworks||Publisher/Venue||Date|
|Photography||Water Dragon||Just Water, ACS||Apr – May 2017|
|Solsticia et Aequinoctii||LAC Incognito||Nov 2015|
|Myths & Legends Video||White Rock Museum||Jan – Mar 2015|
|Winter in the Rain Forest||Pelican Rouge, White Rock BC||Jun – Aug 2014|
|Works of Man/Nature||Brighton Arts Council Art in the Park||July 2007|
|Ghosts of Agriculture||Journey Through the Arts, Port Hope Ontario||November 2007|
|Nature, Women, Works||Joint Exhibit with Elizabeth Roberts||Canada Day Weekend 2008|
|Pirate Invasion Photo Booth||Brighton Arts Council Street Festival||July 2008|
|Northumberland Flora & Fauna||Gallery in the Gardens, Campbellford Ontario||June 2009|
|Park Photographer – providing workshops on Nature Photography||Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Brighton Ontario||2008-2010|
|Workshops & Exhibit for October is Arts Month||Brighton Arts Council The Gates Gallery||October 2010|
|Workshops & Exhibit for October is Arts Month||Brighton Arts Council The Gates Gallery||October 2011|
|Digital Photo-Imagery||Cascadia||Surrey Arts Council, Surrey Art Gallery, Bear Creek Park, BC||August – November 2014|
|White Rock Library Master Artists Program||2 day Artist-in-Residence Program at the Library with lectures on Digital Arts for school classes and interested members of the public; Delivery of half day workshop on Digitizing Your Art||February 9-10, 2015;June 3-4, 2015;
July 22-23, 2015;
February 11, 2015
|Genre||Title of Article||Publisher/Location||Date|
|Short Fiction||Wings Above the Crowds||Inedita, Durham Write-On||June 1993|
|Works of Man/Nature||lichen||2002, 2004|
|Vegetative States||Hill Spirits Anthology||June 2012
|Poetry||No Social Butterfly||Long-listed for Ontario Writer’s Conference, 2017||January 2017|
|Winter in the Rain Forest||DVD/Chapbook & Photo Exhibit||November 2014|
|Shield Memories Chapbook||Coutts Distributing||Summer 2009|
|The Night Cat||Inedita, Durham Write-On||Sept 95|
|Defend and Protect Inedita||Durham Write-On||Sept 95|
|Hell’s Kitchen||Perceptions, Iliad Press Hardcover||June 94|
|My Father’s Hands After the Storm||Cader Press Hardcover||Sept 94|
|Freelance Journalism||Women & Technology Column, Business & Professional Woman Magazine||Leah Murray Systems Consulting||Sept 92 – Feb 94|
|Entertainment Beat Column||Contact Newspaper, CFB Trenton Department of National Defense||Sept 79 – June 82|
|Business & Technical Writing||Infrastructures Network Information Database Online||Apotex Worldwide Intranet||March 98|
|Systems Quality Assurance Policy Draft||Apotex Inc||Feb 96|
|Assorted Explanatory & Instructional Documents on IEEE Standards||Apotex Inc||May 96|
|Assorted systems documentation for non-technical managers and users||Leah Murray Systems Consulting||Apr 92|
|Assorted Systems Design documents for non-technical clients||Leah Murray Systems Consulting||Apr 92|
|DND Instructional Packages on CorelDraw, WordPerfect, dBase||DND 2 Intelligence Coy||Jan 95 – Jan 97|
|Introduction to the Internet/Netscape for Intelligence Operatives||DND 2 Intelligence Coy||Oct 95|
|Military Equipment Recognition Training Packages||DND 2 Intelligence Coy||Jan 95 – Jan 97|
|On Job Training Packages on HyperWriter Hypertext Authoring Tool||Leah Murray Systems Consulting||Feb Apr 92|
|End-user documentation of dBase III Plus payroll application||DND Land Forces Central Area HQ, Toronto||Jun Aug 89|
|End-user documentation of Clipper S87 payroll application||DND Land Forces Central Area HQ, Toronto||May Sept 90|