Alaska 48″x48″ Acrylic on Tile Board with Black Frame, February 2014.

“Alaska” is a portrait of a poacher in Alaska that is capturing baby seals. Seals are an extremely valuable asset in Alaska and the indigenous people survive off of them. Seals are vital sources of protein in the winter months because not a lot of food sources can survive in the frigid temps of the “The Last Frontier” of America. The purpose of this piece is to show how unfortunate the cruelty to animals is. The cold and snowy weather of this Northwest state influenced this painting. Painting the word Alaska in its yellow orchid color was the most time consuming task of this piece. The poacher is wearing orange to represent the safety color of hunters, which in turn, represents the fact that he is not an authentic Inuit that would most likely be wearing animal fur. The Inuit has rosy red cheeks and looks very cold. His left arm that is white is actual canvas. The color combination of turquoise, orange and yellow orchid worked really well.

Alaska 48″x48″ Acrylic on Tile Board with Black Frame, February 2014.