I've been interested in nuclear science and technology since I was eight years old. I can still picture the first book that I read on atomic energy that led me down thispath.I've previously addressed the subject by painting nuclear research and production facilities associated with the Manhattan Project of World War Two and the Cold War. In 2015, as I began on a new project that would focus on uranium mines and production facilities here on the Colorado Plateau, my focus shifted when I learned about the breccia pipes of the Grand Canyon region. I became fascinated with these vertical subterranean structures and that are essentially unknown outside of the energy and mining industries and a relatively small number of geologists. On the other hand, the mines that access and work these deposits have become highly controversial today.