I am continually reaching out to my children as touchstones to bring out the child in myself. I recall walking in the Montana forests with my two children, and seeing how they embrace the mysteries of the woods. Watching them play with toads or delight in catching a fish brings me back to my youth and continually reconnects me with my own sense of wonder.
As a boy, I was always fascinated with reptiles and amphibians, with their textures of shell and skin and their mysterious lives. I lived in Maine briefly during my youth, and although I could not wait to return to the mountains of Bozeman, Montana, I seemed to have brought a fascination with the ocean back with me. The secret world that might exist under the water, where one might discover a little girl astride giant carp, or a Merbaby off on an adventure with a giant sea turtle; this is a deep pool from which I draw my ideas.