This booth was originally constructed for me to go to the Sante Fe Indian Market in 2019. It’s only a 2-day event, Saturday & Sunday. It’s very quick, but the occasion is pretty awesome because you have people from all over the world who come to New Mexico – 100,000+ people showing up at the… Continue reading LAURIE STEELINK – GATHERING POWER III.


My uncle and dad bought 1st Billiard’s in 1969, opened up the bar in 1970, and picked up another location downtown called 5 Star. He always took me under his wing so I would barback & help out when I could. I was 12 or 13 years old when I started dropping by. My dad got ill in 91/92’ and I was asked to take over. I didn’t plan on it but it was something that I had to take in.

The Family Portrait – Differences. Track by Track.

There was a picture of Jesus on the ceiling that she used to talk to who she thought was her friend. And I’m sure he was… Um, (laugh). But I went to go visit recently, and I saw that my aunt finally took that photo down. I’m 28 now, and I’m still trying to figure out 18 years later how to deal with all this stuff. This project has been such a big help.

Four Years In A Vacuum – Violet Menace.

Originally, I considered going into teaching art, which is something that a degree would help with, but I don’t feel passionate about it. It’s not something I wanted to do – it’s something I felt like I had to do, to have a career. The last thing we need is more teachers who aren’t passionate about teaching.

Inland Empire’s Warehouse Crisis.

It’s like our whole economy now is based around these warehouses. So everyone’s afraid to get rid of them because they’ve provided so many jobs, but it’s more like they’ve mowed down all of our previous industries. This part of California used to be known for producing wine; like how central California is? Napa Valley? That’s how the Inland Empire used to be.


I felt stuck in Rialto. Stepping out I would see mountains stretching around my head, wrapping the city like the rim of a bowl. I would sit outside & wait for a flood to come & drown everything out… freeways, cars, planes, screaming, arguments, dogs, helicopters… I’ve had the opportunity to work with photographers from all over Southern California, & every time I meet someone genuinely talented & unique, I ask myself: Why does the culture assume talent can only come from big cities?