When I first moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico 25 years ago I didn’t think much of the desert. It seemed like a great expanse of khaki wasteland. The beauty of the desert slowly revealed itself to me and I’m now proud to say that my work is inspired by the Chihuahua Desert. My current work is informed by the unusual seeds and plants that endure and survive in this region. This landscape amazes me; despite a harsh climate and severe drought this territory is still filled with weird and wonderful growing things that look delicate from a distance but are tough and bristly up close. The sculptural plants I build are about resilience, persistence, toughness, durability, tenacity and adaptability.