Rocks and trees dominate this incredible landscape, harsh yet so much warmth and beauty infused into the landscape.
I spent a good portion of this past summer exploring Alaska by motorcycle, one of the best parts was heading north to Deadhorse on the haulroad, also known as the Dalton Hwy. It’s a 450 mile ride north on gravel and ends at the Arctic Ocean, daylight for 24 hours a day and a cold wind blowing in off the ocean. You know you’re getting close when the Franklin Bluffs appear on the horizon in what is otherwise flat rolling tundra. An amazing expanse of remote wilderness as far as the you can see, just open tundra…hope this captures some of it.
36’x24″ oil on canvas
A quick 30 minute pose with nothing but the basics…charcoal. Sometimes simple turns out best.
I spent the summer touring Alaska by motorcycle. This year and last were a tough couple of years for forest fires, thousands of acres burned but much of it was so remote no suppression efforts were made. The year after the fire has been through the burn areas fill with fushia coloured fireweed, it’s a beautiful, colourful landscape . That’s what inspired this 9″x12″ oil on canvas board.
I’ve been a bit negligent with the upkeep of this blog however for good reason, I put my art work on the back burner and devoted the summer to a long sought destination…the Arctic Ocean in Northern Alaska by motorcycle. It was an incredible journey to a unique part of the continent filled with warm people, cool temperatures and thousands of miles of gravel road adventures. I can’t help but think that some essence of Alaska will find it’s way into my paintings, for now here are a few pictures of the trip of my lifetime.