Sharon’s degrees in psychology and anthropology from Eastern Washington University have given her a good base to pursue her profession as a naturalist and photographer. She has developed a portfolio of images encompassing her many interests, including photographs from travel, herbal medicine, ethnobotany, indigenous cultures, and natural and cultural history.
Spending many years of her life with native peoples of the Inland and Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada has dramatically affected her attitude towards how and what she sees. From Asia to Eastern and Western Europe, from Africa to the Americas, Sharon has immersed herself in vastly different cultures. She has spent extensive time with the Seri Indians of the Gulf of California and the Tarahumara or Rarámuri of Copper Canyon in Northwestern Mexico.
Sharon currently lives on Lummi Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. From this home base Sharon continues to pursue her life long interests in photography, ethnobotany and herbal medicine. Her travels with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic have taken her around the world. She received her Photo Instructor certification in a multi-day training workshop. Developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers, the workshop helped her develop additional insight and skills necessary to help you better understand your camera and the basics of composition — to better capture the moments at the heart of your expedition.