Before I was an artist, I was a backpacker, and the heart of my artistic practice remains my backcountry adventures. From the first time I walked along a wooded path to stand atop a rocky summit, I knew there was something magical about hiking. While civilization wears down my mind and body, a summer spent on the trail, sleeping in a tent, drinking from mountain streams, observing wildlife, and hiking through all kinds of weather restores me. I create art inspired by my time in the backcountry. With wool from my family’s pet sheep, photographs from my hikes, I create two-dimensional wool images using the felting techniques. My hope is to share with others the wild places I love.