The spirit of the Iditarod comes to life on canvas
ANCHORAGE – Alaskan artist James Haven is the man behind this year’s official Iditarod fundraising print.
Each stroke is symbolic of Native culture, he says, dating back to the origins of the sled dog race.
Haven says the oil painting is inspired by the Iditarod trail’s amazing landscape, traditions and the mushers.
“You know you get an idea in your head and you just kind of roll with it and hopefully it lands where you expect it to go, but sometimes it goes in a different place,” Haven said. “It’s kind of a journey in itself.”
Limited edition signed prints are available at the Iditarod headquarters, located in the Millennium Alaskan Hotel.
The prints cost $199 with price set to increase after the Last Great Race begins.