When the US went to war in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, I started paying very close attention to the actions of my government. I learned that the motivations of the US war in Afghanistan were much more complex than the explanations the mainstream media outlets were providing.
Over the next couple of years I joined actions protesting the completely unjust, preemptive war the US was planning to wage in Iraq. I was devastated as I closely followed the US bombing and killing of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq.
I then started learning a lot more about US foreign affairs as well as its history of foreign affairs. I was terribly disappointed to learn about the destructive ways of not only the US but also many other empirical societies both current and of the past. The new knowledge that I am a member of an extremely destructive culture prompted me to spend about a dozen years in full-time activism from 2003 to 2015.
I learned about a subsistence farming culture called Ladakh in Northern India and spent about two years total living there, learning its language and basic ways. I also studied farming in the US and lived in some communities focused around farming and permaculture.
In 2013 I took a break from working on the land with other people and returned to making art. I had made art in the years from 1995 to 2002, but that artwork was not at all focused on social change. When I returned to art in 2013 I wanted to experiment with making art that calls attention to important things happening in the world which the mainstream media either neglects or misrepresents.
In the past five years my art has focused primarily on three main topics, including the court martial of US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, the colonization of Palestinian land by Israel, and the biodiversity of the Southern Oregon/Northern California region where the Cascade, Siskiyou and Klamath mountains converge.
Examples of my art covering each of those topics and my corresponding writings are posted at the tabs above.