Title: Mountains to climb
Size: 810mm×600mm (P25)
Media: Oil on canvas
Alaska is, and has been for millions of years, one of the most geologically active regions in North America. As the Pacific tectonic plate slowly moved northward immense forces wrinkled and rumpled terranes causing the buckling and uplift of rocks that would eventually become the Alaskan range.
Today, of the 20 highest peaks in the USA, 17 are in Alaska, including the highest in North America – Mount McKinley, or Denali “The Great One”, which rising 6190 metres above sea level is the 3rd most prominent and 3rd most isolated peak on the planet. In fact, from base to summit it is a mile taller than even Mt Everest.
Denali is home to some of the most iconic large mammals including grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, and Dali’s sheep as well as 169 species of birds, most notably Golden eagles, and the rare transitory bald eagle.