Low activity these days. Focusing on work and my private practice. Check out my Instagram for painting progress. I will post finished works here on the website…

For all interested,
Having never heard back from Skagway City School, nor having received a single application for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp Scholarship, I have re-routed the funds and the method for obtaining the scholarship. It is, of course, still available.
The $450 dollars raised has been donated to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Skagway Aerie #25. This group donates every year to middle/high school students wishing to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. This year, the funds for these donations are lower than hoped for. So, I have given $450 to the Eagles. The money is to be distributed evenly between all students who request financial help from the FOE. As well, the FOE will donate additional money to the students requesting help. As before, all the money will be used for the sole purpose of attending the art camp and will be used for the 2010 session.
Contact myself or the FOE for more details.
Thank you,

winter travels


I’m off to India until April.
Email will be the best way to reach me.
If you don’t have it already, send me a message through the contact on this site.
Back to Alaska after these travels, seeking work & quiet.

Enjoy your Winter…

It’s set up and ready to go!

If you are a Skagway City School Student interested in applying, contact the office of the school for application procedure information.

As a reminder, the scholarship was set up by donating 10% of my painting sales during a one night showing at the Red Onion Saloon’s Bombay Room in Skaguay Alaska, Sep 2009.
Check it out!

The reason I am sharing this with all of you is in hopes to inspire all you artists & organizers out there to take on similar projects. It’s surprisingly easy and it can make a huge difference in someone’s education. This was my first shot at such a thing. But it is a big hit here in Skaguay, the town supports the idea. Meaning, next year it could be even bigger!

Keep working, creating, and sharing. And pass on any stories of your artistic endeavors!

Special thanks to Jan Wrentmore, for the use of a commission free gallery space, and for a surprise donation of over $200 to the cause!

Opening Page of Scholarship Statement copied below. Please send me an email for a complete copy of the scholarship. Feel free to use it as a template, guide, or idea.


Daniel Papke Scholarship for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.


To provide financial assistance to one Skagway City School Student wishing to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in the summer of 2010. The money was generated by donating a percentage of my painting sales in September 2009.
In this way, the scholarship is a reflection of the local interest and support of the visual arts.

The Red Onion Saloon hosted the sale event, and Jan Wrentmore, owner, made a matching donation toward the scholarship.

This is a one time offer this year, but I hope to continue this scholarship each year henceforth. If $1,000 dollars is raised next year, the scholarship will be awarded to two students, and so forth.


Total Scholarship Amounts to $450*

10% of art sales: $213
matching donation by Jan Wrentmore: $213
subtotal: $426
rounded up to $450

*Scholarship will be made available in a check form, addressed to the parents of the recipient, unless the awardee is 18 years of age and holder of their own checking and/or savings account. The money is to be used only for the tuition and/or travel expenses directly related to attending the Sitka Fine Arts Camp 2010 session. $50 of the award may also be used as reimbursement of the Arts Camp application fee. In addition, the scholarship will only be awarded upon providing proof of enrollment in the 2010 Sitka Fine Arts Camp.


The Daniel Papke Scholarship for the Sitka Arts Camp is available to Skagway City School students, currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12, planning to enroll in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp - 2010 High School Session or the 2010 Middle School Session.
Applicants will be asked to provide examples of their artwork in a digital format along with an essay on the value of the Visual Arts in today’s world.
The award will go to the student showing strength in both of these areas.

emilie-rose currin


a film by emilie-rose currin.


hurra torpedo

lost lost lake

we stomp the marsh of lost lost lake.
the jolts quake ten feet back.

where sundews sweat an oil that attracts insects
and ensnarls them - a clumsy food - we jump
and swim and compel a ground that
only grows over the water.

my forearm, dotted with mosquito bites.

a gunshot scares zarathustra all the way
to the beginning of the trail.

my chest sweats its own lake,
lost over the bulge of a thousand whiskeys
and a snailing metabolism.

jut, amy, sam, (******), and i are a tremendous group.
our smiles are real,
so hard to find anymore.

swimming in wine and beauty,
we tumble towards a gigantic sleep.

8 june 2009

a firm wind blows solitude back into this valley.
my cabin moans and clicks
trees know that they don’t know that they claw
their fingers along my metal roof,
tracing the rain that feeds them.
i can admit that they’re not speaking to me
but don’t ask me to deny that they speak.
only humans speak to each other
all else speaks with.

my voice is not the truth of my mind,
nor are my actions. the mind is its own truth,
void of a pure expression.
my heart speaks only with blood, yet its ache
is far more ferocious than the movement of cells.

some breaths draw all the worlds into the lungs,
some only seek oxygen.
passions breathe from the heart
to be reconciled in the brain, only to be sent
back to the heart, pumped into cells that travel
toward the fingertips and the eyes, where
they look for a way amongst the physical.

the wind picks up, pumelling a crow’s momentary flight
before it finds ground on a telephone wire.
its claws fingering the hundred silly conversations
trapped in that thin black tube.

28 may 2009

The Hero Discussion

21 September 08

Update on Visual Aspect of this Project

The Rake Art Gallery closed earlier this summer. I have canceled the visual manifestation of this project, deciding that this topic is best approached via discussion rather than visual imagery, esp paint.
So please, continue to write on this board. Let’s gather as much response as possible and get to the bottom of what position and role the hero plays today.
Thank you.