Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park

John Murie Cabin.

The summer of 2009 I was chosen to serve as Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park, Alaska. The residency includes use of the historic John Murie cabin outfitted for wilderness comfort with a propane refrigerator and stove, but has no electricity or running water.

Sable Pass

My activity included lots of photography, miles of hiking and biking, sketching, and keeping a daily journal.

Daily encounters with wildlife included grizzly bear, red fox, caribou, moose, and wolves.

This red fox met me while I was hiking on the road and just casually walked on by.

On the 8th day of my residency the clouds lifted and Denali came into view. It is always a spectacular sight!

This wolf kept appearing all day during my hike near Eileson Visitor Center.

This grizzly bear crossed the road in front of my truck, it was only the day before that I hiked this same section of the road. I was really glad to be in my truck this day. My residency was for ten days and at the end of my stay I gave a talk at the Murie Science and Learning Center at the park entrance. I plan to paint a scene for the park Visitor Information Center, a view of the East Fork of the Toklat River where the cabin is located.

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