When they entered the Salt Lake Valley, one of the early Mormon pioneers is quoted as saying: "There wasn't even a tree you could call a tree!" Some of the remote settlements were even more desolate (looking at you, southern Utah!).
The desert has indeed blossomed like a rose. But it was a pretty rough patch of dirt when it started!
I've been cartooning since I was a teenager, and have been published in magazines ranging from AASHTO Quarterly to the New Era and several other periodicals, trade publications and newsletters.
Feel free to contact me with comments, complaints or questions!