This is the statement from almost 5 years ago for my New Directions page in this site . I’m updating it trying to get my sites organized again ; y’all know I wrestle with electroland .
I am now entering into the fifth year of my journey back into the creative side of my life and am still seeking new ways to discover myself through the images that surround me and fill me . I’m trying to organize my four year walk with Jenny and Jason Shaffer and their Mission Year Teams who have played such a significant grounding force in my chaotic world , their support has been priceless . And with their leaving another grand adventure begins as Zach and Kate Pollard take up the torch as city directors , two grand hearts for the coming teams . I’ve finished my Celestial pieces and am finishing organizing them for a academia style showing / gallery showing . Back in word mode for a while , but I’m sure I’ll get over it . I’ll be walking with The Art Project Houston Team for a ten week mural project and am going to do The United Methodist Army in July with Brent and Robin Clingerman and gang for the last part of July . Art is in the air everywhere I go , and I go everywhere . Life is good in the creative moment so I try to dance through it …… Big Crazy Love !
In August 2016 I started getting post from numerous sources about The Lakota Nation and DAPL having a standoff over right of way for the pipeline across Treaty Land and under the Missouri River . Having been born ninety miles from the Oceti Sakowin Camp , my heart strings were touched . Having grown up in an oil supported family , I learned early the on site damage done by the industry and the greed driven marketing , and so was deeply concerned .
Having moved back to Texas at six months old , I grew up in the oil fields of west Texas where my father worked . I had never been back to North Dakota always saying I would go when the time was right , and suddenly it felt very right . In September I started making plans for a trip north not having a clue as to how I could do it , so I reached out to a friend whose guidance I trust and went about my daily grind just dreaming about it . October rolled in and things were escalating at Oceti Sakowin , when I get a call from Hannah asking if I was up for the trip north .
We arrived at Oceti Sakowin about 2 am October 23 , 2016 , exhausted from the drive up and greeted by the cold and wind . Kudos to my travel companions for sharing the misery , really amazing and inspiring women . I had promised not to get arrested on our trip , and being the vehicle owner I was ok with this . I did also tell them I would follow my heart and lens though . Sorry to say I was out the gate shooting and up the road before I realized what I had done and here come Hannah and Blanca into line of sight with the prayer walkers . We all walk on .
Just now getting these up , more to come soon . Big Crazy Love ! #mniwiconi