Lonnie Wishart grew up on a family farm near the village of McAuley, near the Manitoba / Saskatchewan border. Her childhood engrained in her a deep and abiding love of both a close connection to the land, and the industrial aspect of farming. And critters—from her days in 4H to pets in her family today.
One of Lonnie’s first jobs was working as a visitor counselor for Tourism Saskatchewan, and from here she worked in master control for TV news and then literally coast to coast in radio. In the 1990s she moved into newspapers, and it was then that she began Lonnie Wishart Photography—at first as a side business, before moving into art and commercial photography full-time in 1999.
Because her photography grew while living in the rainforest of Canada’s Northwest Coast, one of Lonnie’s greatest influences has been, since the beginning, the iconic Canadian landscape painter Emily Carr. At the same time she studied the landscapes of Ansel Adams, the portraiture of Yousef Karsh, the creative work of Freeman Patterson, and many others.
Today Lonnie lives with her husband and daughter (and critters) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada, and published in newspapers and magazines across North America. When not shooting she enjoys gardening. And stopping to shoot pictures of the garden. Or pictures of the dog in the garden. Or… Well, you get the “picture.”