IN SIGHT OF THE PACIFIC
Winner of the Journey's End National Art Exhibition, a 485 entry competition with a $10,000 Best of Show award.
Partial text from Don Crook's artist statement about "In Sight of the Pacific":
Starting at the back of the painting and coming forward: a large elk horn symbolizing the food and clothing they recieved from the elk. A stone grinder from the indian tribes they stayed with on their trip. A brass pot for boiling ocean water for salt. A skinning knife, essential for survival. A musket, powder horn and shot pouch needed for hunting and protection. And last, but not least, Clark's compass.
The figures I chose were Capt. Clark in front, with two members of the party, plus York and Sacajawea. (The ragged appearence of the clothing is evidence of the harsh conditions they endurred.)
I used a few paragraphs from the book "Undaunted Courage" relating to seeing the Pacific Ocean for th efirst time. Most items were secured from the Yakima Valley Museam and are dfated from that era.