Mount Denali, Alaska
June 20 1994, Oil on canvas, 40"
Painted in Denali State Park after climbing
up a 2000 foot mountain. You can see the only road that goes into the
park below. Tom hiked up from the parking lot where private cars had to
stop and after stopping every now and then looking for a good view stopped
at the level you can see across the valley. In 45 mile, an hour winds
where the bugs slapped his face and took refuge on the lee side of his
face and as he continually slapped his face with a cloth hat and while
continually holding onto his easel he painted this canvas. His lunch laying
around and the ground squirrels running about discussing his work it was
only after Tom was safe back at the hotel that he realized that a bear
could have followed his scent and showed up to have a bite and a look
see. His wife took the school bus into the park seeing moose, bear
and rams. The bus drivers had signals so they could lewt the incoming
drivers know what they saw. A claw hand for a bear, a fist for a ram,
a spladed hand for a moose.
Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
June 18 1994, Oil on canvas, 40"
Outside of Ketchikan is the edge of the
Saint Alegis Ice Flow. The size of Rhode Island the glacier leads to the
vast ice field in the middle of the mountain range. A tranquil shelter
belonging to the National Park Service offers this view of the glacier.
Tom took the bus from town and hiked a mile up the road to spend the day
painting. Helicopters and tourist passed by taking in the scene on one
of the four rainless days in Juno.
June 16 1994, Oil on canvas, 40"
Painted from life while on his honeymoon.
Tom brought five large canvases with him making his total pack 90 pounds.
Everyday there was a window to paint Tom would set out to spend the day
painting. This view was the finest in Alaska. The day was also special
for it was one of the rare clear rainless days in a town where it rained
360 days a year. In this painting, Tom was experimenting with a novel
compositional method of having a sunlight streak run diagonally through
Inside Passage II
June 14 1994, Oil on canvas, 40"
Painted off the fantail of the ferry.
Tom was using a novel approach to composition. The painting was done as
an experiment in placing various local items on top of a landscape.
Looking closely you can see a sea plane in the water to the right, fins
of the Orcas in the water on the left, salmon jumping on the hill sides
on the right, a mountain man in the clouds on the right and a breaching
hump back whale in the clouds on the left.
Inside Passage I
June 13 1994, Oil on canvas, 40"
After a initial study of the travel pamphlets on the first ferry out
of Bellingham, Tom decided he would paint the ultimate memory of an Alaskan
trip: The breaching of a Humpback Whale as you kayaked.