I come from a long line of people that loved to design and build, some of my earliest memories are watching my father and grandfather work together to build the home that I was raised in. That home sits just outside the town of Athabasca, surrounded by beautiful forests where I would spend countless hours exploring. Looking back now it’s easy to see where my love of nature comes from, my hometown was never too busy, my house never too loud, but there was always a special calmness that you could feel as soon as you stepped into those forests. Being so young and knowing that my father designed our home made me realize early on that nearly everything is designed by someone and since then I’ve always wanted to be that someone. At first I designed goalie masks, then it was vehicles, after that came houses, and finally I discovered landscape design. Once I found a program that could teach me how to combine my love of nature with my love of design I applied immediately and started classes at NAIT within a couple months. It’s amazing to think back on all the time that has passed since those first few classes. However, that is one of the best parts of being a landscape designer, every day is full of something new and every October I find myself watching the leaves fall off the trees wondering where spring and summer have gone. From my landscape designs that keep me on my toes while the grass is green, to home renovation designs that keep me busy during the colder months, I hope that my designs can inspire someone like my childhood home inspired me.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb