My parents were Arctic adventurers who spent years away from civilization, recording their nomadic lives in early documentaries and books. My early travels with them kindled in me a deep love of nature, and I also spent my young adult years wandering Alaska’s remote Brooks Range. In the spring of 1992 I was drawn back to these mountains to fulfill the cherished dream of sharing wilderness life with my husband, our six-year-old son, and a young woman friend. In 1992 the four of us were flown into the Brooks Range and left alone to build a cabin and live for more than a year. When spring again freed the river of ice, we set forth to explore deeper into the mountains and then embarked on the month-long canoe journey back to civilization. Throughout our sojourn in this beautiful and vast solitude we candidly filmed our lives. From ninety hours of footage, Tom and I eventually produced our documentary, Arctic Son.
For more than three decades we have created art together. Now in our mid-sixties, we still spend a third of each year in Arctic wilds. When our beloved son, Lucas, died unexpectedly in 2012, we retreated to the solace of our mountains where we chose to revise our documentary in tribute to his life. This edition with special features is available from this site, along with my book of the same title.
Tom and I have again returned from summer at our cabin where I completed my next book, Trusting the River. With our documentary now showing on PBS stations in more than a dozen states, we are working with a publisher to release this book as well as reprint my other books and six of my mother’s. We are grateful for your enthusiasm; your support has generated national attention in our two-person projects. Thank you!
Each of us holds a piece of healing our world and creating a culture that honors one another and our living planet. While we have known heartbreak, Tom and I have also been given an unusual share of natural beauty, freedom and joy. We would like to share that with you and those you love. We hope to inspire you to love our planet, make a difference with your life, and heed the call of your own precious dreams.
Wishing you Joy and Inspiration,
Jeanie Aspen and Tom Irons October, 2013