Most of my major life decisions have been influenced by outdoor recreation opportunities, access to public lands and the natural world, or adventurous pursuits. My art is no different. For a long time, I avoided anything that could be even slightly considered a “landscape.” Though I was often surrounded by incredible terrain, I didn’t feel that I could do it justice by crudely recreating it on canvas. Once I started to develop my style I had a little more confidence and began to include more images influenced by my life outside, and though I still do not think it is even slightly comparable to the real thing I’m glad I no longer feel the need to avoid something I love so much as subject matter. Also, I started making hats because I’m bald and need one anytime I’m outside, and making them is cheaper than buying them!