My introduction to Lewis & Clark was likely similar to millions of Americans: 4th grade history class. Decades later, after spending time in Montana within miles of the historic route, the explorers’ adventure through the West unfolded all over again.
Part of the connection, of course, comes from that fact that we can follow the explorers on their trail, mile by mile. It’s an American odyssey defined by adventure, bravery and survival, something novelist Henry James dubbed “the visitable past.”
As an artist living and working in the West, reimagining what Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery saw and experienced in the early 1800s is an endless source of inspiration—a unique chance to re-examine the relationship between land, animals and people in a place I call home. It’s a reminder of discovery and possibility, perseverance and courage, exploration and thoughtful observation. It’s an homage to what defines the West, then and now.