"Last Fall I made my way north to the Alaska where I traveled between the Kenai Peninsula (between Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound) and inland up thru the Chugash Range into Denali National Park. Most tourists leave the state by this time of the year. I hit the colors just right as they were vibrantly turning in the cold autumn air.
My timing was impeccable as I was caught in what the locals called an Alaskan Hurricane. I heard from many that it was some of the worst weather they had seen in years. The weather was fierce and hard, winds blowing 120 mph along the Turn Again Arm and record flooding happening all along the peninsula and mainland. It lasted for a good 9 days. Half of the time the mountains were completely void in the distance but when it cleared the views were unbelievably majestic with the skies still holding a trace of its violence.
I have traveled to a few other countries and all over our own country spending large amounts of time in our national parks and landmarks. But I cannot compare any place I've been so far to Alaska. It’s a land of mystery, a land on steroids and a land that only supports those who are tough enough to endure its challenges. I'm very excited to be sharing this new body of work, in the large format that it deserves, that is a documentary of my travels." --Lisa Gilley
Lisa Gilley was born and raised in the Skagit Valley farmlands and currently resides on Marrowstone Island off the Olympic Peninsula (both in Washington state). Heavily influenced by her environment and inspired by the work of the early Modernist her paintings are an attempt to capture a timeless narrative of the Northwest landscape.
Lisa has a bachelor of science in Visual Communications from Western Washington University and a minor in Fine Art Studies. She also studied at the School of Visual Concepts and the Pratt Institute in Seattle. A former professional illustrator and art director in the Pacific Northwest her design work and illustrations have appeared in numerous national publications and advertisements.
Her paintings have appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northwest and are held in public, private and museum collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
"Uncommon Wisdome in Familiar Landscapes". An interview with Lisa Gilley in The Port Townsend Leader.