Acrylic on canvas. These birch trees are from Alaska near the Arctic Circle, on land I won in a land lottery back
in the 1980's when I lived in Alaska and worked in this area as a geologist. Land lotteries were a way that tracts of
land in the American west could be distributed to settlers. The state of Alaska was the last state to hold such lotteries.
painted this in 2010, after a visit to Alaska where I had the opportunity to go up to my land that I had not seen in years,
and found it as remote and wild as ever. In Fairbanks, I was greatly inspired by the Alaskan artist Kes Woodward,
who does equisite paintings of birch trees.