Sara Wolman Designs embodies the art of the wild. All of the artwork produced is inspired by the majesty of wilderness of both the land and sea. It also sends a message of conservation stewardship. We are reminded of the importance of the preservation of natural beauty that exists in the far reaches of the world. 10% of every purchase will be donated to the continued protection of our public lands. Go find your heart in the wild.
When people ask me the question that most Alaskan transplants get, “Where are you from?” I always have a very long and convoluted answer they did not expect. Mainly, I blame my wanderlust on reading Jack London and Herman Melville at an early age.
I was born in New York City believe it or not. Perhaps my beginnings in one of the most formidable cities is what gives me such deep appreciation for the contrasted remote, rugged, beauty I live in now. I spent my childhood living across the street from the Long Island Railroad, but lived for the two weeks each year my family and I would take off for the old mountains of the Adirondacks. Something about the clarity of the air and the howling of coyotes stirred a deep need for more in me.
My family moved to rural Pennsylvania when I was 13, and I spent the next ten years of my life appreciating the rolling hills and dairy farms that surrounded my house. I started art school at age 17, and had a classic mid college crisis 3 years in. Two years later, I graduated with a degree in Political Science. After a brief dabble of designing campaign materials for local politicians, the call of the wild hit me hard and I decided I was joining a trail crew in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.
Those months on the Pacific Crest Trail summiting snowcapped mountains and attempting to wield a crosscut saw changed my life. I was also ecstatic that trail crew allowed me to eat as many burgers as I wanted with no repercussions. After my season was over I couldn’t shake the freedom of the woods, so I moved to Northern California working for the California Conservation Corps. Every day I breathed in the massive redwoods and the surf of the Pacific Ocean. Mr. London still had his hold on me however, it was Alaska or bust.
The Call of the Great White North finally got me a year and a half later, and I found myself in Juneau about to lead a youth crew all throughout the state on various conservation projects. Adventures abounded, and I was hooked. I lived in Anchorage the following winter working random jobs at lodges, skiing, and trying my darndest at climbing ice.
As spring approached I received a phone call offering me a Park Ranger job at Katmai National Park. Salmon? Volcanoes? Bears? Glaciers? YES. I packed up my trusty backpack , two totes worth of food, and hopped on a small plane to King Salmon in Bristol Bay, home to the largest sustainable sockeye salmon run in the entire world. King Salmon can only be reached by plane; the only road that exists runs twelve miles between King Salmon and the fishing village of Naknek. To get to Katmai, you must hop on an even smalled plane with floats, or take a long boat ride. There I was tasked with hanging out with brown bears and meeting some really unique individuals.
This incredible landscape got my creative juices flowing again. I was asked to stay on after my first season into the winter to design the Katmai Junior Ranger book. I then took a winter job in King Salmon as an environmental educator for Fish and Wildlife. I was tasked with creating curriculum to take to remote Alaska Native villages all across the Alaska Peninsula. I ate walrus, collected Japanese glass floats, played music, and whipped across the tundra on atvs alongside caribou. I also made some incredible friends with incredible people along the way.
Years go by like they do, and every year I become more attached to this remote corner of the world. I also see the changes that affect it daily; melting glaciers, weird wildlife behavior, and unusual weather to name a few. Times are changing. Nature is aware of this and does not hesitate to let us know. We as a generation are part of this beautiful landscape, and must work with the changes. My work from here on out is to be a steward of the natural world, and to have everybody else come along for the ride.
Go find your heart in the wild.