The Sacred Place Where Life Begins
watercolor on paper
14X18″ Collection of USF&W Alaska
currently in the Art in the Arctic exhibit at Venue, Fairbanks, AK
The arctic tundra is a land of intricate detail. The mosses, lichens, wildlfowers and plants create a tapestry of wonder, a mere 6″ in height. This is where the semi-palmated sandpipers choose to lay their eggs, critically camouflaged and protected by their warm bodies until they hatch. The native Gwich’in call this land ‘the sacred place where life begins’ because of the Porcupine caribou herd who calve here, and all the other life that wellsprings from this amazing place.