Notes from the field: Dawson City and Top of the World Hwy. YT.

 

After leaving the Tombstones, I visited Dawson city and my fellow painter Halin de Repentigny. I received true Northern hospitality and was great to exchange professional ideas on painting and art in general. As artists we often live very secular lifestyles isolating ourselves in our art practice and it is refreshing to meet like-minded people.

To get to Top of the world Hwy that joins Yukon and Alaska, one has to cross Yukon River on ferry. The incline is rather steep and the road follows the ridges of countless mountains making you feel like you are truly in the clouds. Most of the route is above the tree line with vistas stretching 360 degrees. This time the visibility was not perfect due to a growing fire near Stewart Crossing and after couple days it was hard to breath for Guinness and I. What fascinated me the most was as always the burnt forest from previous years fires. It provides my never-ending artistic inspiration with strong foreground compositions and death and rebirth concept.

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