Dave Catts, last time I checked Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement University of Idaho, College of Mines and Earth Resources, Bachelor of Science in Geography and Bachelor of Science in Cartography, cum laude, "Meritorious Achievement Award", geographer 1982, National Geographic Society, Cartographic Division; and United States Geological Survey, "Superior Service Award" 1991: cartographic researcher in analog-to-digital mapping, three-dimensional modeling and landscape visualization: geographic information science and geographic Information systems.
Computer landscape models for images 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"