Here we are on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Flew in to Anchorage Wednesday evening, arriving at midnight. The mountians were spectacular with the midnight sunset. Drove the old Sterling Highway yesterday and had lunch in Seward, enjoyed seeing the ships in the harbor and the beginning of the Iditarod Trail. Visited Portage Glacier where the lake is still iced over, and drove out to Exit Glacier, but the road was closed. Aspen and birch are leafing out, and I love the spindly Sitka Spruce that grows in the boggy places. Saw a cow moose with twins, and realized that Allen's law is really true-they are so BIG here. Have seen some new birds already, the Northwestern Crow and Arctic Tern. Lots of gulls but haven't had time to ID them, I am pretty certain the common one is the Mew Gull. Haven't had an opportunity to paint or sketch yet, but there is certainly plenty of inspiration here, there are vistas everywhere.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.