INSPIRED BY ALASKA
Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan’s work is inspired by the scale of Alaska’s landscape and the unique personalities that thrive there. She says it is a place of dichotomies — expansive light in summer, deep dark in winter; where vast landscapes fill one’s view while tiny tundra flowers bloom at your feet. Alaska, she says, is a place where an artist can feel rooted in what is real and true and at the same time feel free to create in expansive and challenging ways.
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Kaylene has been known to: completely forget about time when hanging around horses.
Things she likes: reading to her husband before bedtime; hiking; horseback riding; cross-country skiing; the scents of rain, freshly cut grass, and saddles.
She’ll never get caught: Jumping out of an airplane. Deep sea diving. Forget it.
Favorite pop culture expression and where it’s from: Pop Culture? Seriously, who are the Kardashians?
Alaskans she most admires: Dick Griffith, Mardy Murrie, Ray Bane (stay tuned)
Favorite Alaska places: Brooks Range, Chugach Mountains, my backyard
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Kaylene Johnson is a professional writer and long-time Alaskan who lives in Eagle River, Alaska. She enjoys spending time in the backcountry and spent a season in the Brooks Range as a wrangler and cook.
Suddenly I did not want to be backpacking with my sons. I was cursed with knowledge. To know the fallibility of their judgment was to lose faith in them and in an upbringing that had underscored respect for surroundings far more powerful than they. I didn’t want to be afraid for them any longer. I simply did not want to know. Yet I did know and I was afraid and the fact of it filled me with fury.