In the first few miles of his hike along the Stampede Trail Chris McCandless stops to take a photograph of his pack with the backdrop of the low slung mountains near Denali National Park.
Chris began his hike out into the wilderness on April 28, 1992. He pitched his tent along the trail here on The Stampede Trail on one of the first days of his hike.
A small study of the belt that Chris McCandless carved his adventures from 1990-1992 on.
A true labor of love. I painted the leather belt that Christopher McCandless carved, chronicling his adventures from 1990-1992. This painting took me over 100 hours. I purchased a 2 x 4 from Home Depot for $2.60. I think Chris would have appreciated that
Back To The Wild is a book and DVD based on Chris’ photographs and writings. I was a part of the team that helped to create this book and DVD. Please have a look at Back The Wild here. Mr. Hal Holbrook, Wayne Westerberg and Jan Burres all helped in the narration of the DVD.
Many of these paintings have sold already but there are some still available. I hope you enjoy viewing these paintings. The remaining paintings are available at Abbozzo Gallery should you wish to see them in person.
I thank Walt and Billie McCandless for allowing me to use Christopher’s photographs as the inspiration behind these paintings. Please visit Chris’s Purpose: The Christopher Johnson Memorial Foundation here.