Having spent her childhood years on a working farm, Ms. Shields values nature, whether wild or nurtured by the human hand. After a teaching career that included visual and media arts, Shields currently pursues her passion and chosen medium, art photography, frequently exhibiting her work in the GTA, and more recently, in Niagara.
A photographer whose art generally represents personal reflections about the natural world she experiences and explores, one of Ms. Shields’ favourite subjects is the study of trees. Shields’ photographic art includes trees found in Riverdale, at Sunnyside and other Toronto neighbourhoods, along the Bruce Trail and in Group of Seven country. She hopes to expand her future explorations to include specimens from around the world as she prepares to do some serious travel.
Other subjects that attract Shields’ interest include architecture, urban and landscape photography. A founding member of the F8 Photography Collective, she exhibits with the group at the Dignam Gallery and other venues several times annually.
Shields’ photography has appeared in Toronto publications including Local Magazine, the Beach Metro News, The Beach 2011 and 2012 Calendars and Along the Shore (2013), a history of Toronto’s waterfront by author Jane Fairburn. Her work has supported ACT (Aids Committee of Toronto) in their annual prestigious juried SNAP auction and continues to help in the fight for the preservation of prime farmland in Ontario through organizations Food & Water First and Niagara’s PALS.