Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Elise Zoller is a very industrious student attending the Academy of Realist Art, Boston. Elise has been attending the academy full-time while committing many hours in her studio at home. All this work has paid off. She had a one woman show in December and has participated in several group shows recently.

One of Elise's recent projects included illustrating the autobiography of Ron Strickland who is the founder of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

In the 1970's, Ron launched a campaign to link Glacier National Park's alpine meadows to the Pacific Ocean via a 1,200 mile footpath across three national parks and seven national forests. It took him almost 40 years. In 2009 Congress added the Pacific Northwest Trail to the National Trails system.

The book, entitled "Pathfinder, Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America" is the story of how Ron and a few of his friends blazed this trail against all odds. It is being released at all major outlets this month and includes 29 pen and ink landscape illustrations by Elise.

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