Photo by Tabitha Graves, USGS - Glacier Field Station
Huckleberry-hunting, my boy! Would you like to study compostion with Mozart? Painting with Michelangelo? Study huckleberry-hunting with Thoreau, it's the same thing!
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
I was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and grew up in the small logging village of McCall, Idaho, surrounded by the mountainous Payette Lake watershed. My fondest childhood memories were picking huckleberries in the forest. This childhood love of collecting continues with me to this day. The landscapes I live in become my studio, but rarely do I use them as subject matter nor do I draw or paint in them. Instead, I wander in and observe, spending years collecting indigenous natural materials to create "new landscapes" and new forms.
I attended Utah State University, graduating in 1987 with a BFA in Drawing. I also received the University’s Robins Award for Achievement of the Year, and an anonymous gift of $500 to further my education in art. To this end, I attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, and earned both an MA and an MFA (1990) in Drawing/Painting.
Since 1993, I have maintained an active exhibition schedule, showing drawings, sculptures, and numerous large-scale, site-specific, place-based installations at venues throughout the U.S.