My work reflects the landscape and cultural imagery related to my Native American background. Our traditional songs, called "bird songs," and creation stories have played an important role in how I see the natural world. These stories and songs, in which plants and animals are the characters, tell about how the world came to be and how the people came to be where they are. The "bird songs" tell about the journey of the people, which is said to parallel the migration of the birds. The songs tell about what the birds/people see on their journey: the mountains, deserts, nightsky, and other landmarks. Through color, light, cultural imagery, and plant and animal life, my work evokes a sense of place and journey.