Other Interests

"I once had an art critic tell me that all an artist had to do was paint beautiful paintings. I disagree. We all have to be engaged in the world and work for those things that we truly value. The land and the creatures that surround my desert studio are often my greatest inspiration. These wild lands are filled with promise and I take comfort in them. It is only natural then that I work to protect this fragile and awesome place. Over the years I have been involved in many activities aimed at doing just that."


  • 1996-2018—Public Speaking – Art, Conservation, Arizona History
  • 1996-2004—Member, Arizona State Land Department, Conservation Advisory Committee
  • 2000—Advisory Board, The Trust for Public Lands
  • 1994-2000—Chairman/Co-founder Superstition Area Land Trust, a 501C3 community-based land conservancy
  • 1994-2000—Advisory Board, Central Arizona Land Trust
  • 1992-2000—Arizona Rivers, scouted rivers to be included in wild and scenic designation legislation
  • 1990-2000—Heritage Fund worker/member Heritage Alliance
  • 1999—Member, Working Advisory Committees of the Growing Smarter Commission
  • 1998—Participant, Udall Institute Task Force for Grazing and Conservation Policy (Common Ground)
  • 1998—Delegate, Governor's Working Group for Smart Growth
  • 1998—Speaker and Field Study Coordinator, Conference on Conservation of State Trust Lands (COSTL)
  • 1997—Member, Arizona Land Trust Alliance
  • 1996—Appointed by Governor to State Land Conservation Advisory Committee
  • 1996—Arizona Broadcaster's Association Community Assessment Participant
  • 1996—KAET-Horizon, Documentary "Earth Day-3 Land Trusts"
  • 1996—Participant, Arizona Town Hall-"Growth and the Environment
  • 1995-96—Chairman, Art & the Environment Program-Apache Junction School District
  • 1995—Governor's Executive Task Force for the Arizona Preserve Initiative
  • 1995—Pinal County foothills planning committee, looking at zoning and land use for State Trust Land adjacent to the Superstition Wilderness
  • 1994—Committee to pass Proposition 101- State land exchanges
  • 1994—Valley Forward Juror
  • 1990-94—Founding member 6-6, environmentalists and ranchers group working to find common ground and build consensus
  • 1989—Arizona Wilderness Coalition, worked on Arizona BLM Wilderness Bill-assessing lands to be included