By Lake Buckley
I grew up getting lost on Mount Tam. The sensation of being subsumed in a wild landscape was something I was always chasing. When I was old enough to get my driving permit, I finally had the freedom to roam and would repeatedly find myself in Point Reyes and the surrounding areas. I loved the vibrant wildness of the landscape: the blazing poppies, glimpses of coyotes and foxes behind sagebrush plants, the magnitude of the ocean and the endless stretch of sandy beach that would make squeaking noises under our feet. In high school, my best friend and I would ride our bikes along the twisting roads out to the shore. When we got older we’d find ourselves escaping out to the endless beach after work to build a fire under a blanket of stars. Many chapters of my life have taken place along the same stretch of coastline, and while some things have changed, these lessons remain the same:
- Always get in the water. You’ll never regret it.
- Don’t expect to be home before dark.
- Take care of the places you love.
Lake grew up on a mountain with lots of plants and colored pencils. After sponsorship from Patagonia, she worked with design teams at Levi’s, Nest, Patagonia, and 1st Ave Machine. Her films have been featured by AIGA and Sundance Film Festival. Lake brings wonder to life through drawing and film; she creates a peculiar form of ordinary magic that moves between dreams, and calls us out on our own false consciousness. Receiving MFA from RISD this June.