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My life experiences and personal history have led me to have a spiritual relationship with wildlife and landscape. Thoughout my life, close encounters with nature and animals have consistently elicited internal responses of both fascination and fear. The natural world and its history peak my imagination in a way that nothing else does. I have developed a roster of symbols, characters, and ‘new myths’ that effectively visualize my thoughts and feelings on nature.
Myths have historically been a part of every culture. Myths help us understand the aspects of life that are fleeting, quiet, and puzzling. My own myths are based on several different aspects; personal history, Native American legends, family traditions, and literary narratives. Possibly similar to the motivations of the ancient artists that drew animals on cave walls, I have a basic need to study and know wildlife, and I do that through the creation of personal mythology and art. In my work, I use my own personal mythology to visualize the spiritual aura of the wilderness, the afterlife, connection with ancestry, and the perplexing effect these things can have on our imaginations.
My experiences lead me to think of animals as mythic beings supernaturally in tune with their environment and themselves. My mythology helps me to make sense of these powers that I have witnessed so many times. My studio practice makes a more solid connection to ancestry, positing that recording these acts and experiences is something that has always been important to us, peaks our curiosity and imaginations, and has gone relatively unchanged for thousands of years.