Saturday, August 8, 2015

Family Friends: Alaskan Painters Harvey and Ellen Goodale

Harvey Goodale (1900-1980) painted Alaska and its people for thirty-seven years. From his home in Upper Fire Lake in the Chugiak area, he, along with his artist wife, Ellen Henne, traveled all over Alaska photographing and sketching people and scenes that were later to become paintings. 

He first started a studio in Anchorage combining painting and framing and painting signs. Selling out he and his wife moved to Valdez for a while but soon returned to Anchorage.

One of his more important commissions was from Bob Reeve to paint 44 of Alaska's more well-known and celebrated bush pilots. These paintings for the most part were destroyed in the 1964 earthquake and two subsequent fires. It is estimated that Harvey Goodale has painted in excess of 5000 oils during his career as an Alaskan.

Place of birth: Danvers, Massachusetts.

Art Training: Boston Museum of Fine Arts; The Art Student League of New York; Rhode Island School of Design. The paintings of Harvey Goodale and his wife are in numerous museum and private collections.

Ellen Henne Goodale (1915-1991) was born in Seattle, Washington.  She studied art at the Pittsburgh Art Institue, the Butler Institute (Ohio) and with artists Eliot O’Hara and Hana Meyercastle. She returned to Seattle where she met her husband artist, Harvey Goodale.  In 1943, they moved to Alaska and eventually settled near Anchorage.  She showed her work at the famous Nugget Shop Gallery in Juneau.  Ellen usually signed her work, “Henne."


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