I’ve been creating right-brain (artistic) responses to left-brain questions since I was thirteen years old when a long summer road trip through Mexico lit a fire that has never gone out. Over a 30-year career, I’ve explored the link between land and people, asking questions about archaeology, history, conservation, ranching, regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration, the radical center, resilience, and low-tech solutions to pressing global concerns.
My creative responses include: a nonprofit organization ~ two fine art photography projects ~ a history ~ two nonfiction books ~ two books of essays ~ a play ~ three columns ~ a blog ~ a mystery series ~ a peer-reviewed archaeology paper ~ a novel ~ a book of hopeful solutions ~ two lectures ~ and a ton of ideas.
My work is unified by a desire to understand the unprecedented changes that have taken place during my lifetime and the extraordinary challenges we face as a result, a period I call the Age of Consequences.
I didn’t follow a prepared path. Instead, I chose to examine the relationship between land people from many angles, one of which was social activism. In all my work I endeavored to explore and share hopeful stories. Some are historical, some practical, some wishful, and some imaginary, but all are infused with my restless curiosity, a deep sense of place, and a desire to make a difference.