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James Behlke

email, web site, vitajim@behlke.comwww.behlke.com

 

I was raised in Alaska, lived in California for ten years, and in 2001 moved back to Alaska. I return to the Arctic year after year to sketch, paint, and write in journals. I like to explore and to imagine that I am the first to discover remote places. When I travel north, I encounter environments which starkly and beautifully contrast the human world. Wilderness experiences are unique and are easy to retain in memory.

I gained new perspectives in California. Now I often gather landscape images for future studio refinement. My art has become less involved with nature's direct dictation. The strongest work speaks both of my world, and of my self.

If I am lucky, many more volumes from California, and Alaska, will follow. My artistic expression now encompasses both environments, and my art is evolving with new awareness of natural places that I once took for granted.


Arctic Fog Beaufort Sea, Camden Bay Chamberlin Glacier Icebow Jago River

Arctic Fog
Acrylic on canvas
96 x 72 in
1986

Beaufort Sea,
Camden Bay

Acrylic on canvas
1990
Chamberlin Glacier
Acrylic on canvas
116 x 88 in
1988
Icebow
Acrylic on linen
66 x 88 in
1993

Jago River
Acrylic on canvas

Midnight, Shublik Island Arctic Slope Jago Valley Marsh Fork Canyon Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River

Midnight, ShublikIsland
Acrylic on canvas

Arctic Slope
Watercolor

Jago Valley
Watercolor
Marsh Fork Canyon
Watercolor

Upper Marsh Fork,
Canning River

Watercolor

Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River Peters Lake Rain, Peters Lake Stream & Jago Valley Kongakut River I
Upper Marsh Fork,
Canning River

Watercolor
Peters Lake
Watercolor
Rain, Peters Lake
Watercolor
Stream & Jago River
Watercolor
Kongakut River
Watercolor sketch
  Kongakut River II Sketches and drawings Arctic Refuge Journals  
  Kongakut River
Watercolor sketch
Sketches and drawings
Mixed media

1986-
Arctic Refuge Journal
Mixed media
1988
 
Artwork ©1986-2007 by James Behlke. Used with permission of the artist.