Joanie Piluke (a. k.a) Dionisia Casao immigrated to Toronto, Ontario Canada in the early eighties. She was educated in the Philippines and finished with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and pursued her studies in Microbiology in Toronto.
Her love of nature started at an early age. And her passion were in drawing, painting and photography changed everything.
When she met Norman Piluke, she was inspired to redirect her artistic talents toward Photography by attending Seneca College. However as life progressed she began working with Norman who recognized her appreciation of photography and took her under his wing and finally married her. While on field trips together, the challenge of using different equipment from 35 mm to large format further inspired her to grow as a photographer.
Having gained her confidence in the technology, she acquired her first medium format camera, a Mamiya RZ 6x7. Throughout those years, Joanie was also exposed to and enjoyed the use of negative films and the creative printing process in the darkroom lab. By year 2000, like Norman, you can see her using her Digital SLR camera. The traditional photography system changed totally to digital photography to printing in the office.
She is also an avid birdwatcher and has been enjoying bird watching for over twenty five years. This often assisted Norman in capturing birds on field trips during the good old film days. That time, Joanie carried her telescope and a pair of binoculars.Today, she can be found photographing birds with her digital SLR side by side with Norman Piluke together with other Avian Photographers.
Joanie says, "I always loved nature as a child growing up in the Philippines. The pleasant air of the outdoors, bird watching and enjoying the wild flowers take me back home. And, as much as I enjoy the nature trails, I also love to travel abroad and explore other countries in this beautiful world. The greatest accomplishment of this adventure with Norman is recording our travels and sharing our experiences with others through visual art photography in our exhibitions."
She managed the Norman Piluke Gallery in Toronto, Canada in 1986 - 2019. Photography became a fulltime activity and profession of Joanie for three decades. You will also find her many images, along with Norman's work, displayed in many homes around the world. LF