If you visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC) in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, you will come across a forest of hand-drawn trees towering 14-19 feet tall. These are my Alaskan
Trees Collection, commissioned by APLIC when they re-modeled their museum to include a permanent exhibit featuring black spruce, western hemlock, quaking aspens, and Sitka spruce – which opened in 2021. I completed each tree in colored pencil, then shipped them out-of-state to a company that scanned and printed giant versions of the artwork on Scrim (lightweight woven fabrics used for stage effects). The scrims are hung around a life-sized cabin and moose in the exhibit so visitors can have an immersive experience in an Alaskan forest.
This gallery features working files for four Junior Ranger Books I designed and illustrated for the Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC). The first book – the Centennial Edition – possessed activities for all age groups; completion of which awarded a special edition Junior Ranger badge. The Centennial Edition and related badges were limited to circulation in 2016 only, and are thus no longer available.
The three remaining Junior Ranger Books are still in circulation. Each book is dedicated to different age groups, with an Alaskan animal “host” to guide participants through activities. The ages 3-6 book features Oli the Sea Otter, the ages 7-12 book features Calgary the Caribou, and the ages 13+ book features Emsley the Bald Eagle. Each animal host was deliberately given a gender-neutral name and appearance to appeal to kids of all backgrounds. The books sport many activities (e.g., coloring pages, mazes, drawing exercises, word searches, etc.) that teach children about the state of Alaska, its flora and fauna, cultural heritage, and conservation.
All books (except the Centennial Edition) are free for pick up from APLIC in downtown Anchorage (605 West 4th Avenue #105, Anchorage, AK 99501). Alternatively, interested parties can request books be mailed by calling the center at (907) 644-3680.
The Anchorage Waterways Council hosts a local Creek Cleanup each summer to support healthy waterways for the community and the environment. I was commissioned to produce a poster used two years in a row to promote this annual event. The Anchorage Waterways Council auctioned a limited edition aluminum print at a fundraiser event in 2016.
Check the local bookstore or Amazon.com for DragonWorld by IMPACT Books (ISBN10/13:144030873X/9781440308734). The book features artwork, inspiration, drawing tips, and profiles for 43 artists worldwide. My profile and two of my dragons are featured in the book: one full-page dragon is part of the book’s introduction, and the other is a full-page paired with my artist profile opposite.