AN ARTIST'S VIEW
by Charles Craighead
illustrated by John D. Dawson
You are probably already familiar with the work of
Hilo artist John D. Dawson.
Whether through his Nature In America stamp series
for the U.S. Postal service, his work with National
Geographic Magazine, Audubon Society, United
Nations, or even his illustrations of Morris the Cat
on your grocery store shelves, this prolific artist
is a part of the American Landscape. Locally, his
work can be seen in educational installations at the
I'miloa Astronomy Center and the Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park visitor center.
a dream assignment, floating for nine days on a
Colorado River trip in the Grand Canyon,
author and renowned wildlife photographer and
Craighead, whose film projects have included
National Geographic television specials and PBS's
Nature. The two
became close friends and a collaboration was born.
They returned to the park a number of times and
finally completed the project that became
The Grand Canyon, An Artist's View.
comprehensive work takes the reader on an intimate
journey along the rim, down the trails, and into the
hidden recesses of the Grand Canyon along the
spectacular sweep of the Colorado River. It is one
of the most spectacular of adventures.
John Dawson’s painstaking, true-to-life illustrative
techniques, combined with the sensitive
interpretative text of naturalist Charles Craighead,
bring the reader face to face with the wildlife, the
plant life, the immense scope and the tiniest
environmental detail contained in one of the last
true wonders of the world. This volume is a true
collector’s edition to be treasured throughout the