Growing up on a farm in rural Oregon, Martin Ericksen, gained both an attachment and deep love for all things green and growing. He may have left the farm but it never left him. Perpetually curious, Martin enlisted as a medic in the Army where he served four years. He was taken by a strong wanderlust that has taken him to 42 countries. This journeying has included stints playing professional rugby in Europe and Asia, learning what it meant to be a citizen of the world. Martin eventually returned home and received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon. Always needing to touch, he mostly focused on sculpture. Currently, Martin casts and carves, working in metal and wood, glass and stone, creating what could best be described as organic forms. He is also exploring two-dimensional arts, including a recent foray into encaustic work. The past few years have found Martin on the road again, working for the Army and US State Department as a Civil Affairs officer. His focus on conflict resolution and community outreach—in some of the most remote areas in the world—has led Martin to realize that with action and involvement all things are possible.