I love the familiar geography of our western land, especially the lofty and majestic mountains that shape our lives—our climate, our outdoor spaces, and our watershed, here at the edge of the continent. I feel rooted, intensely belonging on this land. I’ve tramped it all so thoroughly, examining the vast sweeps and sparkling grains of its deserts, patting the mosses in its mountains, tasting the clear ringing air atop its high peaks, and wading and swimming its tarns and rivers. I try to bring my love affair with this land into the tiny patches of earth entrusted to my design. My life’s work stems from a belief that design is really a very small portion of a large whole. One is always in the position of needing to step back and view the entirety of the whole, then to assess inward, toward the specifics of the design.