Over the course of several expeditions to remote wilderness areas, I have developed a powerful reverence for the natural environment. Returning with thousands of photographs of wildlife, including Russian brown bears in Siberia, polar bears in the Arctic, and penguins in the Antarctic, I have displayed nearly life-sized images in public locations to serve as a catalyst for conversations about what is at stake as we confront the ever worsening climate crisis.
Limited wilderness remains. That wilderness, the animals which still inhabit it, and the health of the entire planet are all threatened by human activities. In what ways can we engender a recognition that, just as nature has taken care of us, we urgently need to find better ways to take care of nature?
My work represents a search for a spiritual and emotional relationship with nature, and a better understanding of the impact we each have on the planet. I seek to further that introspection through my art and create narratives of hope that can demonstrate what is at stake. Recognizing that much damage has already occurred, I remain centered on a sense of optimism, in part because I know there is a great deal to lose if we do not act with urgency.