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Art & Healing

Alaska Medical Specialties was built with a new vision of how to deliver healthcare. We have all of the technology and resources of a large facility on a much more personal scale. With the design of this facility we sought to create a relaxing environment offering spectacular views and thoughtful art. Our hope is to reduce stress and assist our patients’ ability to heal body and mind. To this end, we selected artists from across Alaska to contribute to this experience by creating art with a focus on wellness and transcendent healing. We sincerely hope you enjoy this journey as you tour the new facility. We invite you to join with us in welcoming the physicians, artists, staff, and the entire Alaskan community to our building, and celebrate with us our vision of healing for Alaska.

- William Clark MD & Robert Allen MD

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Aakatachaq Schaeffer
I am an Inupiaq Eskimo artist of Kikiktagrukmiut, born and raised above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. My focus is predominately on Native portraiture, and recently the use of encaustics as a part of my medium. The watercolors for this building depict the Inuit story of Sedna, the woman ...
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Amanda Brinkley
I love everything about art. The making of it, the community itself, and the endless possibilities of different mediums. The human form is as endless in its variety as art. I am drawn to the figure and find joy in capturing people- their personality and soul. In thinking about the art of healing, I ...
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Amanda Faith
I paint, teach, and design in Anchorage, Alaska and beyond. My artwork includes landscape oil paintings, whimsical watercolors and wearable silk paintings. Creating art is a process that reconnects me to the beauty that is around me in nature and my community. I try to unplug from the ...
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Cheryl Lyon
I became friends with art over 40 years ago, and it has become a life long relationship. Color and nature are the driving forces behind my work. Color has a way of affecting our core, and focusing on landscapes gives me a rich store of ideas and inspirations. Nature is very healing and freeing for ...
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Duke Russell
Living in Anchorage, Alaska for over 40 years I have seen this modest community of 75 thousand people turn into a modern city of 300 thousand. I have documented much of Anchorage in my art and I see the changes in the city’s profile. It has been a rich experience to study my community of ...
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Ed Hutchinson
I am currently painting all Arctic wildlife using white impasto paint on white canvas, with color only for the eyes or other colorful aspects of the head. When light interacts with the impasto paint, it creates shadows, and the shadows are the image which the viewer sees. In most images, I also ...
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Holly McQuinn
I consider myself a painter, primarily working in the medium of glass. When it comes to art, two of my main interests are light and color, which is why glass speaks to me, and has continued to hold my attention for 15+ years. My intention is to translate messages of hope, beauty and the ...
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Holly Nordlum
My work incorporates a variety of media and materials, but there is always a sense of my culture. I grew up in Kotzebue, Alaska and am Inupiaq. I use birds, such as owls and ravens to depict my ideas, as my Inupiaq name literally translates to ‘a place where birds land.’ The owl can see ...
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Kim Marcucci
The objective of my work is to convey a journey. Viewers are invited to enter, move, and make their own discoveries. The voyage is encouraged through bold brushwork, contrast, vibrant color, and dramatic design. The discovery is unique to each individual but my goal is to appeal to the senses, ...
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Kim Sherry
Born in Anchorage, I spent the first 18 years of my life in the remote Alaska village of King Salmon – located in the Bristol Bay Region. I had the opportunity to travel to many Alaska villages through the school’s sports and activities programs. I found each small community filled with ...
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Ryan W. Romer
As an Alaskan Native with Yup’ik heritage, growing up in rural southwest Alaska influenced my work through stories heard and memories saved. As a printmaker the pieces I created for Alaska Urological Institute are a presentation of playful images, encompassing happy times along the Kuskokwim ...
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Sioux Blackedge
Having lived in Alaska since age 10, I am inspired by the expansive natural world around us. My Aborigine dot art developed during a life changing trip around the world. My work connects nature to the dream time, a restoration process, when one leaves this world and reconnects to the infinite ...
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Sonya Kelliher Combs
I am defined through my kinship with the land. With my family I spent summers on the land working, saving, hunting, and gathering for the winter. Within this context I learned how to participate harmoniously with nature. It is through this understanding that I discover my role as Human, Woman, ...