The American West is my homeland. For fifty years, I have hiked its trails, driven its freeways, explored its ruins, climbed its peaks, and defended its wide open spaces. I’ve studied its history, read its authors, photographed its vistas, and investigated its mysteries. I moved here when I was six, so I wasn’t really a native and for a long time I felt like an outsider even as I became a student and an admirer of the region. Only with the founding of the Quivira Coalition did I begin to feel like an insider. Eventually, through my work with ranchers, scientists, restorationists and agency personnel I felt like I became a true participant in western matters. This transition from outside to inside is reflected in my creative work focused on the West.