My first day at Silver Salmon Creek was also a first day (this season) for ranger Danny Dresher who had recently been staffing the cabin at upper Twin Lake in the interior of the park. Danny had been resident here at Silver Salmon last year so he knows his way around and it was obvious that the lodge people were happy to see him back. He let me tag along on his rounds as he reacquainted himself with the local human, animal and fish populations. The owners of Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, David & Joanne Coray were particularly welcoming and gracious. Their lodge is beautiful and a highly recommended destination for your bucket list, especially if you like bears, fishing or wildlife photography. The lodge’s current clientele were attending a Thomas Mangelsen photo workshop and they were kind enough to let us eavesdrop on one of the digital slide shows of their days work. The group captured some incredible images so it was an exciting introduction for what to expect to see during my...
It's been a whirlwind of adventures the last month with back to back trips to Alaska's Lake Clark National Park for a Voices Of The Wilderness art residency and kayaking with my BABC buddies in Kuyquot Sound on the NW corner of Vancouver Island. Needless to say I have enough photos, sketches and memories to keep a painter/illustrator happy no matter how long and dark the winter! I'm sifting through photos and organizing thoughts now in preparation for an art project for the park and for creating a Power Point presentation. I'm also posting photos and info. on FB but it's hard to include outside links there so I'll also post here on the blog.
Come to the Harbor WildWatch interpretive Center in downtown Gig Harbor and check out their fabulous displays and my marine themed paintings. The visitor center just opened this March and has so much to offer, from a touch tank, underwater video with fish eye view of GH bay and a cool, high tech sandbox that lets you create your own watershed! This place epitomizes the HWW motto where both kids and adults can learn and have fun doing it! Hours are; Weds - Sunday, 10 to 4.
A big “thank you” to Peninsula Art League for my recent scholarship award, it is greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing the experience and imagery of this summers art residency in Lake Clark National Park. In fact, sharing the inspiration is very much a part of the entire Voices of the Wilderness program that sponsors artists in our spectacular parks and wilderness areas. I have already begun posting about the process and preparations for my return to Alaska, sign up (right side bar) to follow along here on my blog at www.fernwoodstudio.com or on my FernWood Studio page on FaceBook. Thanks again for both the financial and the “art spirit” support PAL members!
Let’s be clear, it’s not just about the pretty picture…. it’s about the SCIENCE! Now is a fascinating time to be a scientist and conscious of it or not, we are all participating in the biggest experiment of all called life on planet earth. I really hope we are smart enough not to blow up the laboratory.
I’m finding a huge amount of fascinating information on the Lake Clark NP website, as I do my homework before venturing into the park this summer. Knowledge brings powerful insights into how to best manage the irreplaceable treasures of our planet. SCIENCE has never been more important to our well being and to your children’s future than it is right now with the impacts of our rapidly changing globe. Keep in mind that science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not. We are the only species capable of destroying the very things we call sacred, it’s time to change our value system to accommodate the priceless.
Do you know that part of the National Park Service mandate is to con...
Being accepted as the 2017 Lake Clark NP resident artist is the best possible job I can imagine. I know how lucky I am, which makes me very grateful and highly motivated to give back. One way to give thanks is to share the experience with anyone who’d like to come along, so grab your extra toughs (tall rubber boots) and lets start the adventure!
The first job is logistics.“Remote” is a relative term. Modern travel makes it a rather endangered concept which is one of the big reasons giant parks like Lake Clark (4+ million acres) and Gates of the Arctic (8 million acres) were set aside in the first place. There are no roads or simple land based ways to get there, leaving air or water your choices for access, both of which are highly dependent on cooperative weather, never a given. Right off the bat, this limits visitation in Lake Clark to some 20,000 folks a year. Pretty remote compared to the over 4 million visitors that go to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone in a year. Once you ma...
If that dream's not for you, don't worry, I'll go out for you! Spring means looking forward to more outdoor activities. For a teaser, check out my slide show of a few images collected over 10 years of wilderness art residencies and adventures, on my website under "sketchbook". I feel particularly motivated this year to show gratefulness for the outdoor advocates & visionaries who performed the miracle of setting aside the wilderness areas I enjoy. Stewardship of these landscapes is ongoing, there are no guarantees that the playgrounds of our generation will remain available to the next one unless the people (that's you and I) make it so. I hope we all agree that supporting "America's best idea" - the National Parks System is a priority this year and every year.
9 AM to 5 PM, FernWood Studio will join 7 other artists at Donna Trent's Studio in Gig Harbor for a small works painting sale.
Perfect timing to start your own or a lucky friend's collection of original art! There will be a range of sizes 9"x12" or smaller, framed and unframed, remarkably priced from $20 to $150 to fit right into your holiday shopping budget. Artists include; Donna Trent, JoAnn Sullivan, Pat Meras, Myrna Binion, Mary Smith, Donna Randall, Dee Barnett and yours truly.
Come check out the beautiful art, share some refreshments and a little joy. Maybe you'll go home with your gift list fulfilled!
A Small Works Gift Certificate is a small gift with a big impact! These post card sized paintings can help capture a memory, a special place or friend that you can revisit any time. They are an affordable way to begin your own or someone else's collection of original art. Want a larger painting? You can assign any amount to a gift certificate. I will create a customized gift card for any size/amount. It's a simple gift to give, with value way beyond its size. Contact the studio for more information.