wagons). I didn't see them as something of joy until later in life.
At that point, it was from the perspective of pure nostalgia. Sheepcamps
were a fixture throughout my childhood and early adult years...an
integral part of my family's sheep ranching operation. Until my
parents retired in the late 80s, I repaired, refurbished, and lived
in them periodically. With my mom, or brother... or alone, the
nights I spent in sheepcamps in the remote deserts and mountains
of Idaho now seem countless. It was an era of simpler times, void
of technology. By night, under the dim firelight of the sheepcamp's
kerosene lamp, I fondly remember my dear late mother teaching me
the value of reading, and how to play cards and Chinese checkers.
By day, I was completely immersed in nature, far from people, untethered
from attention robbing screens. The narrow lens of technological
fiction didn't exist in my world. It was just the elements from
the whims of Mother Nature, and the sheepcamp as my evening refuge.
as a whole left an indelible impression on my young mind, particularly
so in the preteen years. I discovered a deep sense of self as well
as awe in such mundanity as clouds drifting, water trickling. I
felt the satisfaction of silence and the indescribable feeling of
being the observer to my own awareness. If one's essence could be
shaped by childhood experiences, the sheepcamp certainly would have
helped mold mine. The 70s and 80s. Those were the days!
in sheepcamps today is a mental reliving of those earlier and hugely
influential days. My work reflects a resourcefulness from both the
practical and artistic standpoint of what I affectionately refer
to as sheep herder engineering. It is creatively making do with
what is at hand, just as we did on the range...just as sheep herders
have been doing since the beginning. It was a way born from necessity
then, something of a philosophy now. These days, to recreate something
from the past, I conscientiously utilize materials in context of
time and circumstance. The end result is a culmination of details
giving the sense of authenticity...a feel achieved having lived
For now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tOMsiA24fE&t=7s