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Arctic Refuge card set!

Hot off the presses, a six card set of images inspired by my residency in Arctic Refuge.

Each 5″X7″ card is printed on heavyweight stock and comes with a mailing envelope and field sketch on the back. Reproduced form my original watercolor paintings.

Help fund my trip back to the arctic!

ORDER HERE

 

Art in the Arctic exhibit

I am honored to be chosen as a featured artist for the USF&WS exhibit Art in the Arctic at Venue in Fairbanks. I’ll have 5 pieces from my residency in Arctic Refuge, sharing gallery space with 5 other excellent artists, in the theme of migratory birds. Ill also be doing a talk on the residency and. drawing workshop on March 29th, all proceeds going to the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges.

Arctic Bird Fest

My friends at the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Fairbanks, AK have asked me to share my experience in the refuge this summer, as part of promoting the online Arctic Bird Festival. I will be doing several talks in Anchorage and Fairbanks, am featured in the promotion, and designed the poster you see here. If you are interested in what it’s like to be a bird on the coastal plain, see all the great content, stories, videos and more here: www.arcticbirdfest.com

Videos from the Arctic

During my stint at the Canning River Bird Camp, a team from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska (the lovely and talented Allyssa Morris and Lisa Hupp) were filming some material for the online Arctic Bird Festival – see next post.

Following are 2 videos from my time in the refuge-

An introduction to Canning River Bird Camp

and a wonderful piece on y time in the Refuge as Artist in Residence

wonderful taste of the experience of working in Arctic Refuge!

Artist in the Arctic Refuge

From mid June to early July of 2019 I was stationed at the Canning River Bird Camp in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, at the very top of Alaska. My second residency with the Voices of the Wilderness program, I was working with the ornithologists studying and sketching all the migratory birds that travel to the arctic coastal plain to breed and raise their young. The coastal plain in an incredible environment, unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Once our plane works it way through the massive Brooks Range, the landscape opens up into braided river channels, pools of meltwater and a vast flat expanse of treeless tundra, where no plants grow above 8″. But there are plants, and wildflowers, and mosses, and lichens growing their way through the cold and wind. There are geometric patterns in the permafrost where melting and refreezing have created polygons of tundra. There are countless paths of caribou migration, carved into the landscape over thousands of years. And there are birds, SO many birds, who are drawn to this unique wilderness to build a new generation. I’ll be lecturing about my experience in the Arctic Refuge, showing images and artwork from my experience, so keep up on our events page to see the latest. It is such an important place with so much life.

Photo by Lisa Hupp, USF&WS

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

This photo of George Schaller, wildlife conservationist, biologist, author and my personal hero (just google him) has been my desktop screen saver for the past 2 years. He is overlooking Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at the very top of Alaska; a protected piece of land the size of Connecticut, one of the last fully intact ecosystems in the world. This place is home to muskox and wolves, grizzlies and polar bears, breeding ground for countless migratory birds and range of the 400,000 caribou Porcupine herd. It’s called the American Serengeti. Through the Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program I will be going there this June, spending a couple weeks on the coastal plain at the Canning River bird camp observing the breeding birds of the arctic. I am humbled and honored for this amazing opportunity, keep checking see updates on my adventure!

Critical Balance art show


I currently have 3 pieces (Mountain Gorilla, Black Rhino & Snowy Owl) in the Critical Balance show at the Portland Public Library. Here is information on the exhibit:

Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird, and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. Today many of the creatures that are familiar to us are at a critical balancing point. They might not be here for future generations to experience.

Nine New England artists have gathered to paint and exhibit a selection of species that are listed as endangered on the IUCN’s red list. As artists that have a dedication to the natural world, they have a unique opportunity to share their observations and use their art to convey both the beauty of these endangered species and the need to protect them. The intent of this exhibit is to use art to inspire and educate in ways that will reach beyond statistics, policy, and politics.

The exhibit will include 23 pieces of art painted to life-size and a catalog of the work. All work will be available for sale and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the conservation of endangered or threatened species.
The show runs through May 25th.

Glacier Bay Residency talk at LL Bean

On July 14th at 7pm I will give a presentation on my artist residency at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, at LL Bean as part of their speaker series in the camping atrium.

The Transformative Land- an artist’s view of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.
 
In 2015 Maine wildlife artist Michael Boardman spent 2 weeks as the artist in residence in Glacier Bay Alaska. He spent time studying the wildlife and unique geology of the park with scientists and wildlife biologists, and gained an understanding of the connections between glaciers, phytoplankton and the abundant biodiversity of the region. In a land shaped by water, watercolor is the perfect medium to capture the essence of Glacier Bay, and the talk will include paintings and the stories behind them. Michael will give a presentation on the park, it’s wildlife and the experience of creating art in such an inspiring environment.

Art at L.L. Bean

As part of their annual Birding Festival sponsored with Maine Audubon, LL Bean has offered me the opportunity to display some of my avian artwork in their front lobby. If you find yourself in Freeport, stop by and enjoy my work!

Glacier Bay talk at Maine Audubon- March 16th

 

The Transformative Land- an artist’s view of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.
 
In 2015 local wildlife artist Michael Boardman spent 2 weeks as the artist in residence in Glacier Bay Alaska. He spent time studying the wildlife and unique geology of the park with scientists and wildlife biologists.  On Thurs, March 16th he will give a presentation on the park, it’s wildlife and the experience of creating art in such an inspiring environment.
Pieces from his residency are currently hanging at Maine Audubon.
Thurs, March 16th 6-8:30 Free and open to the public
Talk stars at 7