One is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
was first introduced to beekeeping as a teen when I met Sir Edmond Hillary. In
addition to his many worldly accomplishments, he was a beekeeper. Ten years later I moved to his homeland of New Zealand to teach art,
2005-2008. I then worked and travelled to over 40 counties exploring various regions
of the world both artistically and agriculturally. I took these experiences and
returned to Ontario, Canada. Working first
with my late mentor, Beno, I set up my bee yard. I have spent each of the last
seven seasons developing healthy colonies and experimenting with the honeybees
to make artworks. I have created modified Langstroth hives to interact with the
honeybees through a specially build chamber. Langstroth Hives, originally created by Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth
(1810-1895), are vertically modular beehive with
hung frames, a bottom board with an entrance for the honeybees, boxes
containing frames for brood and honey and an inner cover and top cap to provide
weather protection. My modifications have allowed me to
collaborate with the honeybees to create unique artworks.