The art in every day life for me started after art school. I worked for 22 years as a Fire Lookout and Wilderness Ranger in the Washington Cascades, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and camping in Goat Rocks and William O. Douglas Wilderness. From those experiences I published a historical tribute to the ideals of Wilderness titled “Buckskin Larch and Bedrock” (Cave Moon press).
My travels in search of historic signs and big trees (National Register of Big Trees), also led me to write a book to honor the old timers who mined, trapped, and settled the upper Cascade basins. Published by Cave Moon Press, Buckskin, Larch and Bedrock and Listos is available for purchase from Amazon.com.
My influence for art is directly connected to my love of the outdoors. Nature inspires me.
Buckskin Larch and Bedrock – Chronicling the names and myths surrounding the names of peaks in the Cascades, Mike Hiler honors 30 years of hiking through this range.
Listos – Published by Cave Moon Press – available on Amazon.com. The four chapters of Listos integrate and contrast Mike’s experiences and observations into Wilderness (Campfire Smoke), The social environment (In Praise), Studies of the concept and meaning of time (Capstone), and poetry theory (Listos).