Musical Projects
The Melancholy Project
Reinventing darkwave classics on piano and cello.
Solo Work
Recording all the things, because I can.
First of June
Making sweet noise with the love of my life.
Collaborations
Playing well with others. Sometimes.
SELF-PORTRAIT WORK
Archived and ongoing projects.


LUNAR SERIES
A series of 12 portraits embodying the Full Moon.
EPHEMERAL SERIES
A series of 36 portraits celebrating the cycle of life.
MISCELLANEOUS PORTRAITS
Spur-of-the-moment shoots.
STOLEN MOMENTS | SHORT FICTIONS
Weekly writing prompts.
About me


The details

I was born on a Royal Canadian Air Force base in 1980 to a German mother and French-Canadian father, and I grew up to be a wearer of many hats, both proverbial and fashionable.

I'm a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and visual artist based near Ottawa, Canada. Since 1997, I've been the frontwoman of husband-and-wife duo First of June, an independent alternative band with seven studio albums to our credit, as well as an appearance on a David Bowie female-fronted cover album (Spiders From Venus, 2003, Skipping Discs). I'm also the one-woman-army behind The Melancholy Project, in which I reinvent darkwave and industrial classics in my signature musical style. I'm currently finalizing my first fully solo album, which I expect to release in early 2019.

I'm a passionate wildlife advocate whose love of the natural world is reflected in my many creative endeavours, most notably in my EPHEMERAL self-portrait series (2013-2016), a monthly tribute to the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. In addition to being a patron of several wild bird rescue and conservation organizations, I'm the co-director of the worldwide non-profit Wildlife Rescue Nests project.

When I'm not making noise or weird stuff in the comfort of my home, I can be found haunting the halls of a downtown Ottawa office building in a suit-and-tie on Tuesdays or other not-quite-conventionally-corporate attire the rest of the week.

This website attempts to chronicle my neverending projects and flights of fancy.



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A personal style photoblog.
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SHOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • SWALLOWED BY THE SEA - Download
  • WOLF MOON - Poster
  • ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS - Download
  • UNDERGROWTH - Print
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