Dave Catts, last time I checked Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I am retired and now pixel-paint as a hobby so see my development Website. Graduated University of Idaho, College of Mines and Earth Resources (1977-1982) B. S. Geography cum laude and B. S. Cartography cum laude 1982, "Meritorious Achievement Award", geographer 1982 and Latah County Mapping Project 1977-1982; then National Geographic Society, Cartographic Division (1983-1986); then U. S. Geological Survey, Office of Research (1986-2003), "Superior Service Award" 1991: cartographic researcher in analog-to-digital mapping, three-dimensional modeling and landscape visualization: geographic information science and geographic Information systems. I am retired and pixel-paint artistic maps as a hobby.
I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in southern New Jersey (The Garden State), moved to The Netherlands (Holland) as a teenager and back to Moorestown for high school, the Palouse Hills of Idaho, then Maryland, the foothills west of Denver, Colorado, then Saint Croix USVI and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a family house in Delaware and now in the central United States. A travelogue from The Palouse Hills of Idaho to the Loess Hills of western Iowa ... two areas of "wind-blown silt" (loess) from ice dam breaks of ancient Lake Missoula (Montana) west on the Columbia River (Winter Wheat) and east the Missouri River (Corn) as glaciation retreated northward and the wind took silt eastward as dunes.
See my pixel-painting image process at www.LoggishSpear.com
Many of these images do not have cartographic treatment (lines, text, symbols) and that is intentional. They are overhead views of large three-dimensional environmental models of Earth that can be used as cartographic background, with the ink saturation toned down, and line work and text added in desktop publishing, geographic information systems, or 3D modeling programs. When displayed on the wall, they become a challenge to find yourself geographically; which then deviates to an environmental perspective. The image becomes a riddle, a challenge and a puzzle to solve using our environment as the game-board; and then discuss your observations ... hopefully not with yourself ... by turning to a friend to start a conversation, you compare notes and then, Yikes!... now you are talking about the wonderful and beautiful planet we live on, and how underappreciated it is ... so, you better Thank God for the gift of Planet Earth, eh? Let's keep it in good working order, and stop screwing it up! He might get mad, and there would be Hell to Pay, ... if you know what I mean.
"I will spend my Heaven doing Good on Earth" - Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin of Alençon (b.1873) and Lisieux (d.1897), France ... Saint Theresa of Lisieux or who we called "Little Flower"