I began coming to Mount Desert in the early 1950’s. Over the years, I have developed a love, appreciation and spiritual connection to the Maine landscape. Nature gives me inspiration and balance. It is at the core of my art as a visual artist. Growing up I was connected to the outdoors by family activities – hiking, swimming, boating, camping. I have done the same with my children and now with my grandchildren. As a member of the board, I acknowledge that I am only a visitor to the land I help conserve; that I have a responsibility to form a relationship with that land; and that I support the effort for Land Justice now and in the future. I want to protect the natural habitat for health, food, wildlife and recreation. Land and water are our common heritage. As former board President of the Trust, I aspire to conserve the landscape for all living on the Peninsula now and in the future.