Inspired By Alaksa

Alaska is one of those special places on Earth where you can’t help but be amazed.  This summer I went on a road trip with some friends to Alaska and was in awe of the landscape and the wildlife,  and I’m not the first.  I’m not even going to try to describe it, you’ll just have to go there and see what I mean.  While we visited Denali National Park (which is, by the way, the size of Massachusetts and has only one road in it) I found out that they have an Artist-in-Residence program which allows professional artists to stay in the park during the summer.  I then got to see some of their work at one of the visitor centers.  What a wonderful opportunity!

I also found this cool book, William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches*.  I was so impressed by his field sketches of Alaskan wildlife,  especially because even while sketching animals (which often move around a lot and can be hard to draw) his proportions seem spot on and he does such  good job of capturing their character with a few lines.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information out there about William D. Berry, except that he was born in California, fell in love with Alaska and moved there later in life to become an influential Alaskan artist.  I found many people on my travels who had similar stories: grew up somewhere else, fell in love then made the move to Alaska.  Anyways, I can’t just tempt you with beautiful field sketches without sharing a few, so here are some pictures from William D. Berry’s book:

 

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches p57

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches p57

 

 

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches p 28

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches p 28

 

 

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches p54

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches p54

 

 

William D. Berry

William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Field Sketches back cover

 

*Work Cited:

Berry, William D. (1989).  William D. Berry: 1954-1956: Alaskan field sketches.  University of Alaska Press.

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