Road to Homer

Gallery HCOA | 355 West Pioneer Avenue AK

First Friday Opening Reception August 4th from 5-7 pm

It took me 5 years, 2 van builds, 4 cross-country road trips, and 1 pandemic to finally make it to Alaska. In fact, the week of the opening for this show will mark my one-year anniversary of when I moved to Homer. Although the journey to get here was a long and winding path with many unexpected turns, I can draw a straight line from where it all began in the summer of 2017, of all places in Iceland. The country had a raw, blustery beauty with volcanoes and glaciers, bipolar moods in weather, and ever-changing landscapes that felt surreal and otherworldly. I can still vividly recall the sensory overload I experienced while exploring that country – the wind rushing against my face and the humbling emotions I felt from standing beneath the shadow of colossal mountains.  When I returned home, I knew two things: 1) I wanted to leave Baltimore and live somewhere that was close to mountains and the ocean and 2) I wanted to build a camper van and drive it there. Thus began my 5 year move towards Alaska, sojourning between seven different states while picking up odd jobs and meeting people I consider to be family along the way. Even though I didn’t know the exact details of where I would end up at the time, looking back I now realize that the most challenging parts of my journey often led to the most rewarding experiences. These photos were taken over the past six years during my time on the road which ultimately led me here to Homer, a place where I can finally call home.”