An important aspect of my environmentally themed work is that of exploring nature from "the ground up".
Maps in one form or another are frequently found within my artworks. In addition, I make my own hand-drawn maps from my own on-the-ground surveys. I use a home made plane table and alidade (low tech versions of what explorers used when explorers still made maps) and measure distances by pacing. To maintain a state of personal geography, the maps are drawn in units of strides, and include features and objects that I find important.
Discovery Park Transect, 36x96 inches, ink on paper, 2009 -540 color coded trees,
total distance about 1 mile-
No Man's Land, 36x62 inches, ink and pastel on vellum, 2011
Dalles of the Columbia, 23x45x3 inches, cast animal tracks, acrylic paint
Detail of Outpost Map, 36x48 inches, ink on vellum, 2010