My father and grandfather were artists and my father forbade me from even thinking any thoughts about art as a career, but in the late 1990s I went to the Center for Land Interpretation where I got to know Matt Coolidge, Sarah Simons, and Steve Rowell. I soon realized that there was a path in art from me, distinct from what my father did and one he would not have approved of. At the same time, as a historian, I was frequenting California’s Owens Valley in order to understand this special landscape and the impact of humans on it. Working with the Center to produce a guidebook and exhibition on the topic was my art education. The book is available as a pdf.