Ailsa works as a full-time freelance photographer based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. From 2003-2006 Ailsa studied art theory at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. Ailsa joined the fibre department where she focused on textures.Early in life Ailsa's father held the position of curator at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the art college. This exposure was a greatly influential experience for her growing up. Additionally, Ailsa's mother owned a children's clothing boutique. Through these combined experiences, Ailsa's passion for fabrics and design was fueled from early on in life. In her second year at ACAD, Ailsa chose to embark upon photography courses which led her to major in the field. In 2006 Ailsa moved to Winnipeg and chose to further hone her photography skills. She attended Winnipeg based PrairieView School of Photography, where she received her diploma in professional photography. Ailsa would say that nature is her greatest creative influence. She is attracted to texture, shape, line, colour and light. A common linkage in all of her work is the intrinsic presence of life. Ailsa draws her inspiration from the essence of what occurs naturally in her surroundings. She is invariably fascinated with irony, synchronicity and certain truths being stranger than fiction and finds great satisfaction in documenting such occurrences.