In 2001, my wife and I took a memorable trip up the inside passage to Seward, Alaska. I must say that Alaska is the most beautiful place that I have seen, and, had I been a younger man I would have stayed in Alaska. If you love nature and vast scenic panoramas, you must experience Alaska. This painting depicts the NOAA ship Rainier doing research work in College Fjord near Anchorage, Alaska. I was struck by the immense size of the mountains and glaciers in College Fjord and wanted to show their size by comparing them in scale to a good size ship. Actually, the Rainier was not in the Fjord at the time. I found the Rainier at dock in Seward, Alaska and inserted it into this painting. The odd blue color of the water is caused by glacial runoff, and if you look closely, you can see chunks of ice in the water. My hope is that the state of Alaska, or a government agency will take note of my Alaska paintings and send me back to do a series of paintings of that beautiful state. In 2002, this painting won the Award of Excellence at the Mystic Seaport Gallery's International Exhibition. I consider it one of my best paintings.