Born and raised in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, I spent much of my childhood following wildlife trails and scaling the granite falls of a small seasonal wash near my grandparents’ property. This dynamic undulating topography blanketed by chaparral and coastal sage scrub became a classroom of sorts and set the stage for the most influential and formative experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the most elemental of processes: fire, flood, drought and the daily habits of local fauna. Simultaneously, I developed a healthy curiosity in the shaping of space and deciphering how found materials might be utilized for the construction of imaginary places. I built diminutive terraced campgrounds, miniature golf courses and three-dimensional dioramas for toy dinosaurs. At the heart of my curiosity was a genuine sense of biophilia, an innate love of the living species and systems that surround us. This is an obsession that continues to this day, and I feel endlessly fortunate to have found a profession that affords me the opportunity to physically express what I value.