Original painting by artist Gail Niebrugge
“Copper River Country” original painting
18″ x 24″ acrylic on Masonite panel SOLD
Limited edition print SOLD OUT, mini art print available
In 1976 Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge, her children and husband lived in a nice home one acre in the rural community of Lakeside, San Diego, California. Niebrugge worked as a Graphic Artist for the Grossmont High School District, her husband worked as an Aerospace Engineer for General Dynamics. The Niebrugge’s were growing disenchanted with the rapid growth and fast-paced lifestyle of Southern California and took a summer vacation to Copper Center, Alaska, to visit friends.
Their time in this incredible, wilderness community was so enriching and enjoyable that they extended our vacation to experience a winter. It has been 36 years since that summer, and the Niebrugge’s have never gone back to California except to visit. The family’s experiences with re-locating and establishing a home in this remote environment would fill a book. Looking back it is interesting to see that Niebrugge created paintings during these years that give a personal glimpse into the contemporary history, landscape, lifestyle, way-of-life, wildlife, flora and fauna of this region.