MINER – I was watching a PBS series that included miners as characters. At some point it was obvious the occupation was and is an arduous and dangerous one. Knowing many did not have a choice beyond this as their life’s work, I imagined the toll it might take. And yet, I like to believe beyond the physical demands and trials of this life, the human spirit can remain alive and well – even thrive. I wanted to depict the dichotomy in this one man.