Out to Sea!

Thursday, February 19, 2015 Permalink 0

Hello from sunny Montana!

Please note I will be out of the studio and on assignment from February 20 until March 6.

Cameras in hand, I’m heading for a voyage on the Lord Nelson, one of two sailing vessels in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical disabilities to sail on equal terms. We’ll be navigating from the Bahamas to Bermuda, straight through the middle of the Bermuda Triangle.

You can track the ship here: http://jst.org.uk/track-our-ships/

The Lord Nelson (and sister vessel, The Tenacious) are British tall ships commissioned and owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing.

People with disabilities constitute our nation’s largest minority group – a group in which any of us could be a part of at any time.

The JST has partnered with the US organization, America’s Freedom Sailor, to help build and operate the first and only American tall ship based on the principles of Universal Design enabling those with special needs to sail alongside their able-bodied family and friends. Think of it like Eagle Mount for sailing adventures!

This is the first partnered trip between the two organizations in an effort to build awareness around this monumental American project! I’m thrilled to be joining as the photographer of the expedition!

Showing your support is easy through a “Like” on their Facebook page!

There’s very limited Wifi along the way, but I do hope to post a few images to Instagram if I can during the trip.

Thanks so much for reading. I’ll be back in touch with a full report when I return!

Warmest winter regards,


The Bound Bison Project Moves Toward Phase II

Sunday, February 15, 2015 Permalink 0

Beware of artists.

They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous.

Since I work as a visual artist, Queen Victoria’s quote really resonates with me.

Over the years, my creative life has taken me between worlds of wealth and poverty, opportunity and oppression. I think it was the movements between these experiences that created the seed to an idea, which became a study, and finally a photograph when all the pieces and parts finally came together.

It was never my intention to make a film. I initially saw this project as a single piece of public art.

But in the process of creating the image, everything sort of snowballed.

The Bound Bison Project became a mobile art installation inspired by the great duo Jean-Claude and Christo and French graffiti artist JR. It serves as a talking piece about the nature of citizenship, patriotism, freedom, conservation and racial identity.

With collaborators from the Blackfeet Nation of Northern Montana, we created the first work in a spiritually iconic landscape on the east side of Glacier National Park.

We had some extra time after we completed the image, so we moved the art to Browning — one of the most economically challenged communities in Montana and the hub of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation — the reaction was unexpected and astounding.

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Painting John at the NW Filmmakers Festival

Friday, November 7, 2014 Permalink 0

Painting John, a short documentary I made about artist Hugh Wilson, continues the journey through film festivals and broadcast, this time landing in Portland, Oregon for the annual NW Filmmakers Festival.

A lone rancher and nomadic artist.

A stark landscape and unrelenting winter.

Through the intimacy of life portraiture, two people meet and forge an improbable bond beyond the world of social networks and sound bytes.


See the film online at Montana PBS.