September 2001: Most people consider a trip to Alaska the trip
of a lifetime. Steve returned from his second trip in early September.
It's certainly an experience that will never be forgotten. The
abundance of wildlife and spectacular landscapes make Alaska
like no other place in the world. Its magnificence is unrivaled.
The expedition in August of 2001 was a
two week journey of inspiration. Traveling with four artist friends,
Steve used the opportunity to observe and learn more about the
wildlife that makes this state so special. The group began its
adventures with a nature cruise out of Seward. There the rocky
cliffs, islands and glaciers of the Kenai Fiords provide opportunities
to observe sea otters, whales, sea lions, seals, puffins, eagles
and a variety of other birds. This was followed by a rigorous
40-mile wilderness canoe trip through the Kenai Peninsula. Then
it was off to Denali National Park for four nights.
Denali is unique among our earth's national
parks. The landscapes are just so breathtaking, and the wildlife
is so plentiful. Each day was filled with sightings of moose,
grizzly bears, caribou, lynx, dall sheep, red foxes, ptarmigans
and ground squirrels. With the multitude of photographs taken
and the sketches made upon his return, you can be sure that you
will see an Alaskan influence in Steve's future work.