"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."