People seek out the desert for many reasons, and it never fails to make a change in them. The same could be said for those who come out to live in this welcoming yet unforgiving climate. They are at once free to break from the rules of conformity from which they have escaped, even as they are absorbed into the very soul of the desert. I moved to the Joshua Tree area in 1989, and have been painting, exploring, and discovering it’s secrets ever since. As an artist, I see paintable moments around every corner.