Artistic Statement My career as a scientist and advisor to the US national parks has 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 are the inspiration for my photography and the international-award-winning series of publications called Alaska Park Science. In 2009, I branched into painting as another way 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 series of paintings entitled "Wild Alaska" to document the natural and cultural heritage of Alaska's national parks, a huge expanse which collectively encompasses 55 million acres; two-thirds of the entire US national park system.