Past Artist in Residence - Ernest Gruening State Historical Park


2016 Artist in Residence Program

Ten talented artists have been selected for the 2016 summer Alaska State Parks artist-in-residence program, which runs from May through September at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park. This year’s artists are Joan Pardes, Patti Jouppi, Bruce Sink, Christine Fortner, Glenda Field, Rob Roys, Naona Wallin, Bob Winfree, Sandy Winfree, and Keren Lowell.

Participating artists stay for up to two weeks at the scenic and historic Ernest Gruening Cabin, near Amalga Harbor approximately 24 miles north of Juneau. Artists are asked to donate an original work of art inspired by their time at the cabin and to host a workshop or other community engagement. The first artist to participate in the 2016 program is Joan Pardes, an artist and writer from the Juneau area who began her residence on May 1.

Now in its second year, the purpose of the artist-in-residence program is to encourage artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also offers visitors and the general public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes of contributing artists. As Jim Leach, an artist during the 2015 program, explained, “The experience of the Artist in Residence Program was a highlight of our summer. The historic aspects of the cabin and surrounding area were wonderful. The surrounding scenery and the chance to meet (by chance) many locals from the surrounding area was interesting, enjoyable and enlightening. Everyone we met was inquisitive about the program and seemed happy we were there.”

2016 Artist Profiles (click on name to expand)

  • Joan Pardes

    • Joan PardesA former journalist, Joan Pardes currently works in public relations.

      Her non-fiction work has appeared online and in print including Alaska Magazine's Anthology: The Last Frontier: Incredible Tales of Survival, Exploration, and Adventure. After years of telling other people’s stories, she is now trying her hand at fiction.

      A 2015 Pacific Northwest Writing Association's Literary Contest finalist, Joan's work has also appeared in Cirque: A Literary Journal (novel excerpt), Tidal Echoes (poem), and 360 North's Writers Showcase (essay).

      Recent writing workshops include the New York State Summer Writers Institute (2015), Tin House Winter Retreat (2016), and several 49 Writers (Alaskan non-profit supporting the literary arts) classes.

      Joan lives in Juneau and is excited to be the first writer to participate in the Ernest Gruening Historical State Park’s Artist in Residence Program.

  • Patti Hutchens Jouppi

    • Patti H JouppiPatti Hutchens Jouppi is a long time Alaskan wildlife artist who now makes Juneau home. She paints predominately landscapes in oil and watercolor with their wild inhabitants as focal points. If the subject calls, sculpturing would be her preferred method. She has shown her works in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii. Currently Jouppi (a former science instructor with the University of Alaska Anchorage) has undertaken an 'art with a purpose' focus, creating shows with a theme and pieces that educate about the subject. 'Feathered Feats' her recent show at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center highlighted migratory birds that are indicators or research subjects for ecological studies. Jouppi is also a supporter of our State and National Parks and loves to draw attention to all they have to offer us as she draws much of her reference material while visiting them. Her residency at Gruening Cabin will showcase the changing Intertidal Zone Southeast Alaska. Jouppi's works can be seen at her own studio/gallery, Mendenhall Glacier Studio and Gallery on Glacier Spur Rd, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, and at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in the Alaska Geographic Shop.

      Workshop Detail: Saturday May 28, 2016
      Alaska State Parks/ Gruening Cabin Artist in Residence
      Open House: 10:30-12. Background of Art in Park, Gruening Cabin and Artists 'Art with a Purpose'
      Artist Workshop: 12-2pm. 'Color Value in a Grey World' Artists of all levels are encouraged to attend this free workshop on how to prepare a true color value of the marine/rainy environment of Southeast Alaska. Oil paint will be used but artists may choose their own palette. Art supplies will not be provided so please bring your own plein air supplies. Work will be conducted outside or on the covered porch so dress appropriately. Beginning artists are encouraged and help will be provided to encourage your development.

  • Bruce Sink

    • Bruce SinkBruce Sink studied art at Columbus College of Art and Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College. Bruce has worked in several mediums and has chosen to concentrate his studies on watercolor and egg tempera. His subject’s concentration is on the world around him and includes landscapes, wildlife, still life and people. Bruce focuses his work on control of light, color, texture, viewpoint and composition to create dramatic, but pleasing images. His goal is to take the viewer beyond simple images and create feelings that tell stories.

      He has a passion for nature and is an avid outdoorsman. He has traveled throughout the world and has been to the Arctic Circle on several adventures. Bruce paints in watercolor, egg tempera, oils, acrylics and he also does stain glass work. Bruce has taught watercolor painting for several decades and has judged many art competitions and exhibits. Bruce conducts watercolor workshops each summer in Homer Alaska at Homer art and Frame. Bruce is member of the Arizona Watercolor Association, American Watercolor Society, Kachemak Bay Alaska Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He is a nationally recognized watercolor painter. He was in the National Watercolor Society’s all member show in 2011.

      Bruice in KatmaiBruce has participated and won several juried exhibitions including the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Arizona Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, the Ohio State Fair, Artreach Hawaii exhibit, and the Westerville Arts Festival. Gallery exhibits include the Fireweed Gallery Homer AK, Carousel Gallery Ohio, Nationwide Gallery Ohio, and the Columbus Ohio museum of Art Collector’s gallery. His works are in several public and private collections. Bruce has lived in many parts of the United States including Arizona, Alaska, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. He now makes his home in Arizona and Alaska his wife.

  • Christine Fortner

    • Christine FortnerFor many years, Christine Fortner has worked in watercolor and acrylic. Recently she has renewed her interest in oil painting. Christine taught watercolor classes in Alaska for 25 years, in addition to conducting workshops throughout the state. Her paintings have been accepted into many local and international exhibitions and have been published in several books and magazines. The most recent publication featuring her acrylic painting is AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture, which is a Northlight Art Books publication, released April of 2016. Her work also in Anchorage Museum collection and she is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters as well as the Alaska Watercolor Society.

      Christine states:

      "My paintings convey a moment in time. The way light hits certain objects is the first thing that catches my eye. Dramatic lighting can turn an ordinary scene into one of emotional power. Inspiration can come from common things like the chaotic mess of twisted branches, or wind swept trees trying to grow on old rocks. Sometimes it is the reflections on water or the transparency of glass that draws my attention. Whether painting in oil or acrylic, I try to paint the essence of my inspiration so that the viewer can feel the same excitement. Although my style is representational I like to enhance the colors and use the broadest brush strokes possible. My goal with composition is to simplify shapes enough so that if the details were taken away the painting would have a strong abstract design. I want each artwork to resonate with its own balance and poetry.”

  • Glenda Field

    • Glenda FieldAfter raising my family and retiring from my career as a Speech Pathologist in the Fairbanks School District in Alaska, I was finally able to explore and learn about painting, which has become a pursuit of joy. Living near the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, I was able to participate in the Fairbanks Summer Art Festival for several summers. Here I learned skills in watercolor and oil painting, taking classes from Vladimir Zhirhartsev, Don Kolstad, Judy Brown, and K Holman. It was exciting seeing what these artists could accomplish in so little time.

      In 2009, I found time to illustrate a children’s book, Atiska Ataska Charlie’s in Alaska, co-written with my good friend, Anne Canterbury of Eagle River, Alaska. Then in 2013, my husband and I moved south to the Mat Su Valley near Anchorage to enjoy the warmer temperatures. We now live in the country outside of Wasilla, Alaska where we are near many trails and recreation areas. We love to walk, hike, and bike, enjoying the amazing beauty this part of the state has to offer.

      Along with living in this new area, I have enjoyed making new friends, and am on the board of the Valley Fine Arts Association, which is a highly energized group of artists doing many activities. I have enjoyed participating in the Machetanz Arts Festival by taking several classes. I was also able to take a workshop in acrylics from Jennifer Bowman, thus increasing my skills in other mediums. I also had paintings accepted into the 41st and 42nd Watercolor Society Exhibition, which is a big honor for me. I now have goals of painting each day, whether it be acrylics, oils, or watercolors. I feel fortunate to have such an outlet for my creative energy and to be doing something I love to do. There’s nothing that compares to staring at a blank canvas and imagining the possibilities!

      For questions regarding other works for sale and pricing, you may contact Glenda personally at 907-987-4033 or at

  • Rob Roys

    • Rob Roys PhotoRob Roys is a lifelong Alaskan artist born in Cordova. Rob was raised and makes his home in Juneau. Rob is known primarily as the creator of abstract paintings derived from the Alaskan landscape. His work has been shown in numerous shows throughout Alaska and is in the collections of the Museum of the North and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Rob and his spouse own and operate Two Crow Studio and Gallery in downtown Juneau.

      While in residency at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park, Rob will be preparing a new series of paintings inspired by his residency. These works will be displayed at an upcoming show at his downtown gallery. 

  • Naona "Peaches" Wallin

    • Naona Peaches WallinNaona "Peaches" Wallin is an adventurous Nature Photographer who lives with her husband Jason in Ketchikan, Alaska.  Her formative years were spent living in a remote homestead her father built on a neighboring island. It was during this time that her creativity ignited as a way to ward off cabin fever.

      Peaches sold her first photograph after being urged by a friend to enter a juried art show.  This experience has inspired her to create a website, show her work at local art fairs, and make submissions to local news outlets. Photography has given Peaches the opportunity to develop creatively while combining her passions for nature and adventure.

      While attending an Art Wolfe seminar titled The Art of Photographing Nature, Peaches heard the following quote by Elliott Erwitt, and she feels it best describes her photographic style. "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...  I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”


  • Bob Winfree

    • Bob WinfreeMy 40-year career as a scientist and advisor to the National Park System (retired 2015) enabled me to travel to many extraordinary places, from the deep canyons and high deserts of western North America, to Alaska and the Siberian Arctic, and more.  These magical places, their natural wonders, ancient and traditional cultures, and other mysteries have inspired my photography and international-award-winning series of publications called Alaska Park Science.  In 2009, I branched into painting and blogging as other ways to share my experiences, interests, and insights. As with photography, my painting tends towards natural realism, accurately detailed landscapes, wildlife and people.  I frequently experiment with new materials and techniques, while often returning to acrylics because of their exceptional versatility, fine colors, and permanence.

      Since 2010 I have been working on a continuing series of paintings entitled “Wild Alaska” to document the natural and cultural heritage of Alaska's parks, refuges, wilderness and other public lands. Thus far, most of my paintings in the “Wild Alaska” series have been based on images recorded during short trips into these areas for work or other reasons. Through this Artistic Residency, I hope to take sufficient time to explore patterns of light, water, wildlife and people on the landscape; to observe and record details that are easy to miss on shorter trips.

  • Sandy Winfree

    • Sandy WinfreeI just love to create fine art, wearable art, and fiber art that is beautiful and gives pleasure to the viewers.  I enjoy the creative process and have been active in artistic pursuits throughout my life.   I have been a scenic beauty fanatic, especially in regards to park lands, since age 2, when I fell in love with mountains.  Nature inspires my art in composition, color, and texture.

      My purpose for this Artist-in-Residence experience is to derive inspiration from the setting for my artwork.  I want to translate the pleasure I derive from nature and culture into artistic endeavors to be enjoyed by others.  I am a multi-disciplinary artist and I select my medium to best express the visions that I derive from experience.

  • Keren Lowell

    • Keren Lowell Photo
      Photo courtesty of Cody Swanson

      I grew up in a small town in western Colorado, and have lived and travelled throughout the United States. I started making art in college, from the perspective of an interdisciplinary thinker and maker. Although I come from an academic background in terms of art training (a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and an M.F.A. in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), I think I work mostly intuitively and viscerally. I most often use textiles and textile processes in my work, which moves freely in and between the realms of sculpture, installation, performance and wearable art. I realized early on that textiles and fiber as a medium are capable of moving fluidly and cross boundaries in a way that other more traditional materials might not, and I am challenged by the inherent language and metaphor intertwined with the materials and processes associated with fiber work – stitching, mending, repair, weaving, lacing, braiding.

      I moved to Alaska in 1994, and taught art classes (especially as the fiber program coordinator) until recently through the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Mat-Su and Anchorage. I work full-time at the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and am a volunteer board member of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art. I keep an active studio practice, and have been included in curated and juried group exhibits, most recently, my solo show ‘Groundwork’ at the Anchorage Museum in 2014.

      I was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist fellowship this year. With this support, I have been able to confirm my participation in three residencies this year (the Wrangell Mountain Center, this residency at the Gruening State Park Cabin, and at the Vermont Studio Center), and look forward to connecting with other creative people across the state and in the lower 48.

2015 Artist in Residence Program


In 2015, Alaska State Parks kicked off its first-ever Artist-In-Residence program at Ernest Gruening State Historical Park near Juneau. The program ran from June through September, with seven artists selected from across the state spending up to two weeks each at the Gruening Cabin. As part of the program, these artists held public art workshops and other events throughout the summer, providing new opportunities for park visitors to experience and enjoy the spectacular setting and unique history of this park. Keep reading below for links to past media coverage of the program, and to learn more about the talented artists that were selected for the summer 2015 program.

Media Coverage
My Turn: Muñoz-Gruening Artist-in-Residence Program shines light on local artists - Juneau Empire (August 2, 2015)

Artist-In-Residence Program Underway at Ernest Gruening State Historical Park - Alaska Business Monthly (June 17, 2015)

2015 Artist Profiles (click on name to expand)

  • Puanani Maunu

    • "I owe my passion for painting to my mentor, Carlos Loarca (, an artist in San Francisco who gave me an understanding of art through lessons in abstraction and stories. . . a way to interpret our environment in the abstract--as a series of lines, intersections, layers and light. From 1978 to 1983, Carlos also taught me much about art, its history, its foundation, artists and periods of art, how to stretch a canvas, basis of color, materials and framing and everything I needed to know to begin my journey in painting.

      I painted in the studio (San Francisco, Hawaii) until 1999 when I arrived in Juneau Alaska and started to go outdoors to paint. Together with my first Juneau art buddy Barbara Craver, we formed Plein Rein painters, today a group of kindred spirits who get together to create art en plein air mostly every Saturday, rain, snow or shine!

      Since 2000, I have participated in painting workshops in Juneau conducted by Kes Woodward (Fairbanks), David Mollett (Fairbanks), Charles Rohrbacher (Juneau), Larry Seiler (Wisconsin) and Dominik Modlinski (Atlin).
      Southeast Alaska is a soft, monochromatic, fluid, luminous environment, constant yet unpredictable, periods of light resulting in patterns of color intensity and vibrating shadows and light. It is abstract, full of starkness, contradictions, depth, darkness and luminescence. Everyone experiences events of nature, we are filled with its grace and its power, it is up to the observer to share their story of being in this moment, in this place.

      I plan to work on abstracted landscapes, merging my abstract preferences with the landscape in this season of change. My medium is oil paints, but I will also use oil bars and experiment with encaustics to capture the luminous essence of fall in southeast Alaska. I believe there is an innate necessity within all human beings to reflect back into the world their stories of time, place and space, be it through music, poetry, dance, storytelling and art. For me, it is all about painting landscape abstracts.

      Its not often one gets a chance to have the luxury of time and quiet solitude to meditate and reflect on art and only on art, free of distraction, with a view of ones own to the land, water and beyond in this shoulder season of change, for two whole weeks! This is what the residency at the Ernest Gruening Cabin offers me. . .simply, a generous and wonderful gift of time, of season, and of place."

      Solo Exhibits:
      2015, solo exhibit “Entelechy” at Coppa, Juneau (artist statement attached)
      2012, solo exhibit “Retrospective” at Alaska State Historical Library, Juneau
      2010, solo exhibit “Southeast Hieroglyphic” at Juneau Douglas City Museum, Juneau
      2008, featured artist, Annie Kaills, Juneau
      2005, solo exhibit “Abstraction” KTOO Studios, Juneau
      1985, solo exhibit, Law offices of Bancroft Avery & McAllister, San Francisco

      Group Exhibits:
      Franklin Street Gallery, Juneau, monthly from 2011-2013
      The Canvas, Juneau, Alaska, 2008, 2009
      Juneau Arts & Humanities Gallery, Juneau, Alaska, annually from 2001 - 2013
      New College Gallery, San Francisco, 1984 (group of 3 artists)
      Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, 1983 (group of 3 artists)
      Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, 1981 (Mission Painters Collective)
      El Bohemio News Hall, San Francisco 1980

      Upcoming Exhibits:
      December 2015, Featured artist at Annie Kaills

      Has done numerous workshops across the U.S., including Alaska.

      Gallery Representation:
      Annie Kaills, Juneau, Alaska, ongoing since 2013
      Fishermans Eye, Sitka Alaska, ongoing

      Workshop Schedule:
      Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
      The workshop will consist of a time for painting around the cabin from 10 to 12:30, followed by a work critique, then a talk and finally a walk from 1:00 to 2:30. Workshop participants should bring their own lunch. Coffee, tea, water and light snacks will be provided. Artists are encouraged to bring their own gear and materials. There will also be a supply of artist materials available for those new to painting.

  • Jim Leach

    • Doctor Leach and his wife Annie, have lived in Alaska for over forty years. and practiced veterinary medicine in Anchorage, Big Lake and also in many bush villages and communities. He was fortunate to have participated in many of the sled dog races throughout Alaska and into Russia.

      After thirty five years of active veterinary practice, Dr. James Leach retired and is following his life-long interest in landscape and wild life painting. He primarily enjoys traveling throughout Alaska with his wife Annie and painting plein-air wherever the trails may lead them in their journeys.

      Jim paints in both oils and acrylics. Some of the subjects may come from memories and photographs of their travels in their aircraft while providing veterinary service in many b.ush communities. His style of painting is primarily realistic landscape . In the paintings of wildlife, the purpose of the painting is to capture the animals in a normal and real setting while they are undisturbed and being themselves. The greatest pleasure from his painting is the smiles and recognition of people viewing a painting of areas where they live or have visited in Alaska. One of Doc's continuing blessings is the opportunity to continue to paint and portray the beauty of God's creation, in his travels and our own state of Alaska.

      "During our years of professional life there was little time to stop and 'smell the roses'. The 'art' was in surgery and providing care to our patients, both Great and Small. After retirement, the long-suppressed desire to paint and preserve the beauty of God's creation has allowed me to pursue, develop and hopefully to continue to improve the ability of this portrayal of the beauty that surrounds us. One of the great pleasures of painting is the expression and smiles on people's faces when they recognize the particular place where the painting was accomplished. And even greater pleasure and reward, is when that person wants to have the painting in their own home or business.

      Having had the good fortunate to have participated in several of the Alaska State Parks, 'Paint-in-the-Parks' programs around the State, we have grown to greatly appreciate what the Alaska Parks mean to all artists and to the residents of Alaska."

      High School - Fulton High School, Fulton, Missouri
      College - Compton Jr. College (Compton, California), Kirksville Missouri State Teachers College University of Missouri (Columbia Missouri) - B.S. Agriculture, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

      Primarily self taught

      Great Artists Admired:
      Norman Lowell, Sydney Lawrence

      Has done numerous workshops across the U.S., including Alaska.

      Primary art focus:
      Plein-Air landscape and Alaska wild animals.

  • Nancy Angelini Crawford

    • Nancy Angelini Crawford's artwork has been shown across the country. She has won numerous awards and entries into juried shows. She paints in watercolor, pastel and oil but her passion is painting plein air in oil, outside, on location. Born and raised in New England and then moving to Alaska 35 years ago she has an inherent seed planted to paint the sea, the mountains and all that is in between. Primarily self taught, Nancy attributes her growth from studying with local artists first and then studying with contemporary masters across the country. She continues to learn and to teach, sharing her knowledge and passion for painting light and color.

      "I am so excited and honored to have the privilege of being Artist-in-Residence for the State of Alaska. I expect my time at the Ernest Gruening Cabin is going to hold the best of both worlds for me, magnificent Alaska mountains combined with the allure of a seaside city. I have been painting a series that I privately call "My Alaska" where I have been looking for the more intimate moments of living here. I've painted glaciers, mountains and even the people and am excited to expand this body of work adding historic moments painted in the quiet places and the bustling city of Juneau. It's my desire to paint Alaska's diversity and this residency is truly a gift to see this further through.

      For me, creating a painting isn't just about painting what I see, but also what I feel. My desire is that my work will evoke an emotion in the viewer. I want to paint the soul of a place or the person. The way to do this is through hours and hours of brushstrokes learning the tools, the tricks, and the rules until they become second nature and then let intuition finish the piece. I like to think that my work blends impressionism with realism adding strokes of memories to the finished work. At times I'll be painting from the porch of the cabin or anywhere in the park like settings but I also look forward to joining the community by painting on the streets. I hope to paint places like the Governor's Mansion, the State House, and sights along the downtown streets. I'll have flyers to hand out and always a moment to say hello. My downtown painting schedule will be made according to the weather. You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram or email me through my website to know where I'm going to be. I look forward to meeting each one of you."

      Representated by:
      Stephan's Fine Art at the Captain Cook, Anchorage, AK
      Fireweed Gallery, Homer, AK

  • Dianne Anderson

    • Dianne Anderson is a local artist and retired art teacher residing in Juneau for over three decades. She is in love with the land called Alaska and her work reflects this joy in the life cycles of the wilderness, and the warmth of it's people. One of her favorite themes is the summer roadside blooms of fuchsia and pink as fireweed engulfs the ditches and fields of Alaska.

      If not creating art, Dianne can be found gardening at her North Douglas cabin. She is the mother of 2 grown sons. Dianne grew up in the state of Washington and studied art for degrees at University of Washington, Seattle.

      Her media now includes oil paintings, silk batik, papermaking and printmaking with zinc. Zinc etching is a process of drawing into a zinc plate, then submerging the metal in acid which forms the etched lines to hold the ink. After rubbing the plate with color, it is pressed to the paper. Editions are printed on hand-made paper made from the artist's blue jeans or local plants. Some editions include embossing– carved linoleum without ink to create sculpted forms.

      Dianne has received the numerous People's Choice and Juror's Merit awards in Juneau's Audubon Shows. Her work was chosen for the Fairbanks All-Alaska Women's Show and placed First at a national competition for mixed media.

      Alaska: By the Seat of Your Pants series, collages on blue jean paper, have won Best of Show in the 1998 Artabon, Juneau, placed First in the 1999 Ketchikan Blueberry Arts Festival, and accepted in the West Coast Paper Show, Seattle Center 1999.

      Other Shows: 2009 First Friday Feature: Batik Scarves, Juneau Artist Gallery 175 S. Franklin , 2008, 2006, 2004 University of Alaska SE faculty shows, KTOO Tuning into Art, Juneau Douglas City Museum– Mother/Son Art Show, and Featured Artist for Kachemak Bay Shore Bird Festival, Homer Alaska.

  • Mark Vinsel

    • "I am honored to be among the artists selected for the first year of the Rie Muñoz Artist in Residence program at Ernest Gruening State Historical Park. Rie was a major inspiration through her joyful depictions of Alaska outdoor life and her support for Alaska’s fisheries. As a watercolor painter I appreciate the deceptively sophisticated design and technique of her works. "

      “I look forward to staying at the Gruening cabin to seek the inner peace that is prerequisite for successful ink painting, and to continue to explore using hand ground ink in outdoor painting. Traditionally oriental ink painting is done in studio after meditating in nature, as it is an unforgiving media best suited to a table and chair. I have begun including ground ink in my outdoor work and look to further develop this meeting of eastern and western techniques. The seascape at Amalga harbor and the fishing activity will provide all the subject and scenery one could wish for.”
      - Mark Vinsel, 2015

      Painting Workshop
      Painting workshop - Sunday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Demonstration in watercolor and ink with Mark Vinsel and oil painting with Dianne Anderson.


      • B.A., San Francisco State University, Design and Industry department (1985).
      • Studied painting on paper and silk, composition, philosophy and comparisons between Eastern and Western traditions with master painter, poet, musician and calligrapher Tseng Ta-Yu of East-West art studio, San Francisco – 1982 to 1986.
      • Among the first artists to display work on the World Wide Web beginning in 1994.
      • Studied printmaking and etching as an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California – 1998.
      • Authored online painting travel blog "A Painter's Journal" of travels painting throughout the western U.S. and abroad -1997 through 2000.
      • Represented by Portfolio Arts Gallery in Juneau, 2000 – 2001.
      • Member of Juneau Artists Gallery cooperative since 2001.
      • Served as chairman, with Rie Muñoz as co-chair, of the Alaska State Commemorative Coin Commission that conducted the public design process for the Alaska state quarter. The Alaska quarter was selected #1 of the 50 states in an online poll (2006 to 2008).

      I embrace a meeting of the eastern and western worlds and look to capture the feeling of a being in a beautiful place. Modern communications and travel have connected East and West, and in painting I try to bridge between the two traditions, valuing empty space and a sense of atmosphere. My works will not shout at you from across the room; I don’t think we need any more of that. People listen more closely if you whisper than if you holler.

      I paint almost all of my watercolors with a simplified palette of three primary colors, mixing all the hues that you see and building depth through layers of transparent brush strokes. I often combine hand-ground ink with watercolor, and use Chinese and Japanese brushes for the liveliness of brush strokes and range of fine and weighty line that they are capable of in a single stroke.

      Media coverage & links:
      Juneau fisherman looks for peace, memories in his work (2003)

      My Turn: Quality local art still plentiful (2001 commentary)

      Juneauites head coin commission (2005)

      See more of my work at, as well as

  • Kurt Jacobson

    • "Being born and raised in Alaska has given me a love for the outdoors that I try to express in my artwork. I paint in Oils. I am a realist painter with a touch of impressionism. Working very closely with nature 'en plein air' (on location), has led to a greater appreciation to the natural world around us. Light is the motivating factor; without it there would be nothing. To capture the light and how it makes the colors vibrate and tell a story is my goal. Working on location forces me to be in touch with the scene, allowing me time only to work fast and loose, capturing the emotions and light of the moment. When I create a larger more detailed work in my studio, I use the plein air paintings as reference, so I can match the emotions evoked at the time I painted them. All paintings are a 'moment in time'; I hope my paintings make the viewer stop and linger awhile. I am a member of the Alaska Plein Air Painters, and served as President of the Alaska Artists Guild from 2007 - 2012. Lately I have added figure/portrait work to my portfolio, am enjoying this different venue along with my landscapes."

      "As I have progressed in my career, leaving behind a body of 'Good Art' is my goal." - Kurt Jacobson, 2015



      2012 - Artist in Residence - At the Dialog of the North conference put on by the Institute Of The North, non-profit corporation. This was the first year they started the Artist In Residence program. Was honored to be one of the two artists chosen to start this off.

      2012 - Awarded "Peers Choice" for "Matanuska Glacier" and "Refuge/Wildlife Sanctuary" Award for "Susitna Flats Sunset" in the 2012 Art For Alaska Parks Top 30 Art Competition.

      April 2012 - One man Show at Stephan Fine Art Gallery in Anchorage Alaska

      2011 - Worked with the State Of Alaska Dept of Natural Resorces to institute a new "Art In The Parks" program. The first was held at Byers Lake Campground over 40 artist showed up and created 120 pieces of Artwork. Then in January of 2012 we held the first "Art In The Parks" art show at Blaines in Anchorage Alaska. In 2012 we had 4 seperate Art In the Park events through out Alaska.

      November 2011 - One man show at Blaines in Anchorage Alaska

      May 2011 - One man show at Picture Alaska Gallery in Homer Alaska

      April 2011 - One man show at Stephan Fine Art Gallery in Anchorage Alaska

      2009 - 2012 - Color commentator on KAKM Public Television Art Showcase Auction in Anchorage Alaska. Giving back to my community is a important part of my life. I donate my artwork and time to numerous charities in Alaska.

      2009 - August one man show at Stephan Fine Art Gallery in Anchorage Alaska

      2009 - April one man show at Fireweed Gallery in Homer Alaska

      2007 - Peoples Choice Award for "Potters Marsh" painting in the Art For Alaska Parks Top 30 Competition. 1st and only print to be produced for this competition to date.

      2006 & 2008 - Winner of the the Alaska Railroad Print and Poster Competition

  • Constance Baltuck

    • Constance has been painting and showing her artwork since the early 1980’s. She works in watercolor, oil, pastels, and acrylic paints, working outdoors and in her studio on paintings inspired by nature. She’s been an artist-in-the-schools in the Juneau Public Schools Program and has had previous artist residences in Petrified Forest and Kobuk Sand Dunes National Parks.


      "It's so exciting to be part of this great new program. It's a wonderful opportunity for an immersion experience, not just in the creation of art, but also in the appreciation of a beautiful natural landscape. There is so much happening in this small space; everything from delicate wildflowers to grand mountain landscapes and dramatic cloudscapes, the rocky shore, still and flowing water, tide pools and fishing boats, birds and whales...this is a busy place just bursting with life and energy. I'm looking forward to being part of that, and catching as much of that energy as I can and incorporating it into my work."

      "My work falls into two big categories; nature studies and nature interpretations. I love being outdoors and doing really descriptive studies of wildflowers and landscapes, on both grand and smaller scales,” said Constance, “I like big mountain features, but also more intimate scenes in Nature, like plants on the forest floor or views up through the branches of trees. When I work in the studio, I have more time and can work on a larger scale. In that work I have been experimenting with semi-abstraction, though even then, my work relies heavily on forms from Nature." - Constance Baltuck, 2015

      To see more of Constance’s work, and to learn about where she draws her inspiration for art, please visit her website: You can also read an article on Constance entitled 'Historic Juneau park becomes an oasis for Alaska Artists' published by KTOO Public Media.