On a trip to Alaska, I was inspired to capture the otherworldly atmosphere of stunning Glacier Bay in the soft rain. Once solid ice, over hundreds of years, the ice retreated to create a protected bay. The glaciers show the passage of time with its layers of rocks accumulated amidst the glinting turquoise ice. Icebergs breaking off the glacier and tumbling into the water are comprised of snow hundreds of years old.
In this series of abstract seascape and landscape paintings of Glacier Bay’s monumental Marjerie Glacier and the surrounding coastline and fjords, I want to convey this snapshot in time, and share the sense of the vastness and meditative calm I felt in the moment. At Glacier Bay, I painted en plein air to capture the essence of the atmosphere as directly as possible, and continued painting right after the trip while the experience was fresh in my memory.