Ecotone: the place where forest meets meadow, desert touches river. It’s the frontier where communities of humankind and wild animals touch each other. It’s that shaky space between who we are and who we appear to be, the gap between reality and mystery, the certain and the imagined.
- Joanne Smith from What Wildness is This
After a recent move from the mountains of Wyoming to the arid climate of Arizona, then to the high New Mexico desert images of bears living in Yellowstone National Park and jackrabbits bounding the red rock trails of the desert have flooded my work. In many ways, I am a child again, just making pictures of what I see in my daily life. I make up stories about these animals as they move through imagined landscapes filled with spiny sharp succulents, lush pink flowers, golden buzzing bees, towering cliffs and embellished clouds. The spaces they inhabit are those found in the transition from reality to the imagined, a dream from the space between sleep and awake. My goal is to approach every day with a sense of wonder and just a touch of fantasy.