A series of several epic American road trips, the first beginning August 28, 2017. Loaded with easel and art supplies, tent, gear, and provisions, I hit the road to “Honor Ansel” and bring the world “Postcards from the Parks”! In between, I returned home to regroup, process my work, leverage social media following, launch “Postcards from the Parks” limited edition prints and shirts, and return to my teaching studio and students for fall and winter sessions of classes - recharged and excited to share about my adventures. In April of 2018, I once again headed out for the next leg of my journey, returning home in mid-May with a in-depth body of work, photographs, interviews, testimonials, and momentum to tour and share my experience with a wider audience. I hit the road for a third time this October to the Florida National Parks as well as begin multiple visits to high schools and universities across the country. My next trip is beginning to evolve for fall of 2019, taking me to the parks of the east coast and central states. 2020 hopefully will bring the Pacific Northwest and Alaska into the adventure as well! Eventually, I will then take the entire experience into the world of publishing to create a large scale full-color book to commemorate the experience and awaken people to the cause, proceeds of which will go to benefit the National Parks Conservation Association.
Road Trip 1 - Fall 2017
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio - Badlands National Park, South Dakota - Mount Rushmore National Park, South Dakota - Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming - Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Colorado National Monument, Colorado - Arches National Park, Utah, - Canyon Lands National Park, Utah - Bears Ears National Monument, Utah - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah - Capitol Reef National Park, Utah - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
Road Trip 2 - Spring 2018
Zion National Park, Utah - Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona - Joshua Tree National Park, California - Channel Islands National Park, California - Sequoia National Park, California - Pinnacles National Park, California - Muir Woods National Monument, California - Yosemite National Park, California - King's Canyon National Park, California - Redwood National Park, California - Lassen Volcanic National Park California
Road Trip 3 - October 2018
Biscayne Bay National Park, Florida - Everglade National Park, Florida - Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Road Trip coming in Fall 2019:
Acadia, Cape Cod, Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountain, Mammoth Caves, Hot Springs, White Sands, Bandelier, Chaco, Guadeloupe, Carlsbad Caverns, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and More!
A Peek into a typical Park Visit:
Set up camp and stay at a campground within the park when available or close by.
“Meet the neighbors” and share the vision of the project. Invite them to a campfire coffee chat later in the stay.
Introductions to park rangers and staff – arrange interview time with park rangers, ecologists, and staff for later in the stay.
Hiking, photography and getting the lay of the land for painting sessions
Morning coffee chat with background information about the park and plans for the day.
Morning hike/plein-air painting session.
Chats with park ranger about the area – unique features, current issues they are facing.
Chats with ecologist/conservationist about the park’s geography, habitat and inhabitants – concerns and threats to the area – current focus work.
Late Afternoon plein-air painting session.
Evening visit to a neighboring town – feature a local eatery and talk with residents about the parks importance to commerce and lifestyle.
End of day blog about the days events
Morning – park highlight event – guided tour kayak, horseback, rafting, etc...
Afternoon hike/plein-air painting session.
Evening campfire video chat wrap-up with commentary, artwork and conservation insights