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Fairbanks artist Kes Woodward, known for his brilliantly-colored depictions of the boreal forest and especially its birch trees, shares the story of how he became an artist and what it takes to be successful. The latest installment in the series Creating Alaska.

“I don’t have any inborn facility or skills. It’s all really hard for me. I believe in commitment, hard work, ambition, and ruthlessly making yourself do the best you can and dedicating yourself to doing the best you can at whatever it is you do.”




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