Owed To The Mountain

Owed To The Mountain

wood engraving, reduction wood cut, linoleum cut, etching, handset letterpress metal type, pressure printing, silk-screen printed book cloth, unique eco printed end pages, and mono print centerfold 

13.5" x 13" x .25" closed, 36 pages


Thank you to the following institutions, programs, and people for your financial support: Kala Art Institute (2017 Parent Award), Regional Arts & Culture Council (2019 Project Grant), The Round House Foundation (Pine Meadow Ranch Residency 2019), In Cahoots Residency (2019), Ford Family Foundation & Oregon Art Commission (2020 Career Opportunity Grant), Artadia (2020), College Book Art Association (2021), Puffin Foundation (2022) and Cynthia Sears (2020).

Levi Sherman with Artists' Book Reviews wrote a review of the digital version of Owed to The Mountain, January 2023.

Etchings of animal ink drawings in various colorful ecosystems and habitats appear among the text, documenting the changing seasons. The stories weave multiple Native voices that underscore the value of friendship, reciprocity, interdependence, and cooperation.

Owed to The Mountain cultivates a powerful story that inspires knowing a place deeply, sharing Indigenous wisdom, and building a community that turns its love for a mountain into action. Mt. Hood has the 6th largest carbon stores of all National Forests in the country! By galvanizing a movement that advocates for the US Forest Service management plan to be updated, Mt Hood can be celebrated and treated as a living ecosystem and increase its climate resilience. Through this project’s research, interviews, and by spending time on the mountain, I understand how important it is that we protect clean drinking water, promote wildlife habitat restoration, support forest maturation, and prioritize the vision and cultural traditions of Native communities, including the practice of controlled burns. We owe it to the Mountain.