Why it’s important to spread this message
"I traveled a lot when I was young and spent a lot of time out in vast, beautiful, remote places. I really feel that climate change is the most important thing that society faces: It’s the story of the century. I’ve always wanted my work to have an impact somehow and offer something that's more than just a pretty picture hanging in someone’s living room. If someone can recognize the message behind my work and make even a small change in their own life to help the climate, that will be all the difference."
How I’m taking risks in my industry
"In the art world today, straight landscapes are not the most popular thing. But, I’m not doing it because not many other people are; I’m doing it because it's what inspires me. For many years, people told me I should move away from [landscape art], because I wasn’t going to get anywhere with it. That’s not the point — that’s not why I’m making art. It’s not to become famous, it’s to make something that inspires me and hopefully inspires other people."
What beauty means to me
"One thing that’s very important to me is making my images as beautiful as I can — I think that’s what we’re drawn to. Art is in our nature — as human beings, we love beauty. I want to represent the places I'm going as honestly as I can because they're gorgeous. I try to surround myself with beautiful things and that does affect how I look. I usually go au naturel when it comes to makeup, but I think playing with my look is really exciting and bold. I feel like a modern day Cleopatra."