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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.

I 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.