Patrick Endres,

Fairbanks, Alaska.

I grew up in a small town in southern Wisconsin where I developed a passionate interest in nature and the outdoors. In 1981, I landed in Fairbanks, Alaska to attend the University. I was young and green, hungry for adventure and wide-open spaces. After dabbling in a few jobs following ­graduation, I eventually combined my childhood love of the visual arts and outdoor interests to forge a career as a freelance nature photographer. Now in my fourth decade of exploring and photographing Alaska, its epic landscape continues to captivate me both personally as an observer and professionally as an artist.