Kaweah Headwaters Valhalla
Mixed Media Drawing
Ever since then I’ve been trying to comprehend and communicate the vastness and complexity of what I saw and perceived that day. That view has been a tremendous source of inspiration in my life and I have carried it in my mind ever since. Eventually, I was granted permission from landowners to explore expansive views and hike throughout the foothills and it compelled me to head into the High Sierra at every chance —to reach those remote peaks and canyons, to inquire about their physical complexity, their history and prehistory, the ecology they support, and the human use and abuse of this palpable place. Unbeknownst to me at first, I was seeing the deepest canyon, the steepest river, the tallest peaks and the biggest trees within the contiguous United States all at the same time on that day when the air was so clear.
Inevitably, I’ve subscribed to and learned about various recreational, cultural, philosophical, ecological, and economic constructs centered on this place while simultaneously questioning how these human constructs have shaped my family’s reason for being there, my embodied connection to this place, and my perceptions of place. My identity and my well-being are defined by this vast system through which I have grown from and am intrinsically and existentially a part of.