12″ × 16″, oil on linen (2016) Frobisher Bay, Apex, Nunavut, Canada
In 1576, while searching for the Northwest Passage, Sir Martin Frobisher became the first European to explore the long, tapering bay that bears his name. At the time, this region had barely been mapped. Looking out from a hilly vantage point east of Iqaluit, I thought of the difficulties he and his crew must have faced. As I painted, the biting cold wind stiffened my numbed fingers, a tiny reminder that the Arctic continues to offer challenges for those who walk this land.