Welcome to the Official Website for Richard Proenneke . American Naturalist
May 4, 1916 - April 20, 2003
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Introducing "Sunset At Twin Lakes," an Original Oil Painting by Artist "Simply Brie"
About The Art
The concept for "Sunset At Twin Lakes" was to create a scene highlighting Dick Proenneke's home at Twin Lakes, Alaska. The background of Crag Mountain provides a perfect backdrop for his homestead. After choosing this spot, Richard built his cabin and cache using only hand tools, some of which he made. The stone fireplace was built using the rocks found on his many travels in and around the Twin Lakes region. The cabin is nestled at the base of the mountain near the Twin Lakes shore. The viewer will be able to see the trail which begins at the shoreline, proceeding to his cabin, cache and beyond. In the foreground Richard is paddling back from one of his many adventures in his ever trusty canoe at sunset. Only the cabin and top part of Crag Mountain are catching the final rays of the setting sun. On the shoreline near the beach you will see his handcrafted chair; two different racks of antlers hugging the dead spruce tree; the U.S. Flag; a handcrafted table next to the cabin. At the shoreline is a small rock pile and gauge he crafted to keep watch on the rise and fall of the lake level. The large dead spruce next to the cabin is significant. Richard wanted to have a standing dead spruce tree nearby his cabin in case he could not travel due to weather conditions, or perhaps injured, or possibly ill. The dead spruce would always provide a ready supply of firewood.
In order to keep the painting as true to the actual homestead as possible, a full scale detailed drawing serving as a study for the painting was done and sent to Dick's younger brother, Raymond, known as Jake, and then to Alaska for review by John Branson, Leon Alsworth, Buck Mangipane and Jeff Shearer prior to starting the painting. Their comments were extremely beneficial in keeping this creation as true to the actual scene as possible.
"Sunset At Twin Lakes" was commissioned by the Richard Proenneke Committee for the purpose of raising funds to support and maintain a permanent exhibit of Richard's artifacts and mementos of his life at the future new building for the Donnellson Public Library. Donnellson is located a few miles Southeast of Primrose, IA. The Original Oil Painting was sold and substantial proceeds from this sale and the sale of limited edition prints will go toward preserving and maintaining the exhibit.
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