Alaska Artists: John Fehringer

lonely caribou in Alakan Nature

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Art was an integral part of John  Fehringer life at a young age. Born in 1954, he grew up with his five siblings in the small farming community of East Aurora, New York. Today, his primary artistic explorations are in light and contrast. Through trial and error, John chose the airbrush to convey the subtle changes of light he wished to capture in his watercolors. The success of his limited edition fine art prints has allowed him to make art his life's work.

When John Fehringer arrived in Alaska in 1980, his plan was to stay only a few short weeks. But as his ferry navigated along the inside passage, John could feel his plans were about to change.

The deeper John Fehringer  journeyed into Southeast Alaska, the more he knew that Alaska was about to become his new home. When the ferry docked in Juneau, John cashed in the return portion of his ticket and set out to find a job and a place to live.

John soon located a small trailer just outside of town near the Mendenhall Glacier and secured a labor job with one of the local freight companies. This amount of security was just enough to allow John to settle into the Alaska lifestyle and begin to paint.

Working with an airbrush and opaque watercolor (gouache), John began developing a technique that would eventually become his signature style and established him as one of Alaska's premiere artists.

The success of John Fehringer's early paintings gave him the confidence to establish a studio in downtown Juneau where he could spend more time making art. In 1984 John published the first in his series of limited edition fine art prints entitled "Inside Waters", a tribute to the passage that had originally brought him to Alaska. There was such an overwhelming response to this first print that the entire edition of 750 prints sold out in less than four months.

Since that early release, over 50 editions have been published from Fehringer originals. More than half of these editions are now sold out. Today, John Fehringer's inspiring art continues to generate the enthusiasm of collectors around the US and around the world.  His prints may be purchased at Annie Kaills online gallery

John Fehringer captures the true essence of Alaska nature through his vivid artwork. The art conveys a peacefulness and balance found only in the land of the midnight sun!

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John Fehringer artwork "above and below"

John Fehringer artwork "Freebird"

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Below is a full list of the different Alaska Native cultures. Within each culture are many different tribes.

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