My interest in human migration is inspired both by my students, some who are immigrants or children of immigrants, as well as travel that took me to the border area between the US and Mexico. The first experience I had in the border area at a checkpoint was shocking and eye opening to me. Later trips to Friendship Park, at the border between San Diego and Tijuana motivated me to create a representation of the border fence in the gallery. Most US citizens have never been to the border area or seen the border fences. I wanted to bring that experience in some form to people. On the other side of the fence is a beautiful landscape with Monarchs flying. Within sight but for now, beyond our reach.