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On Camera with Painter Calvin Grimm

Calvin Grimm’s paintings allow viewers a window into the enduring beauty of the natural world. His work is abstract and biomorphic, striking in its use of color and line. His canvases draw their power from Grimm’s longstanding relationship with the environment. In the 1970’s, Grimm became involved in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as a sea-kayaking and mountaineering expedition leader in Wyoming and Alaska. His experience allowed him to facilitate young people’s understanding and appreciation of the outdoors.

For more from Calvin Grimm, read Samantha Pack’s full article or watch a brief video exhibit of three excellent paintings accompanied by choice bits of wisdom.

Grimm believes that humans’ firsthand experience with nature is the best defense system against environmental degradation. The premise is simple: people won’t destroy what they know and care about. His work also inspires a deep regret for natural disasters that have already occurred; one painting in particular focuses on the fate of the sea creatures living in Prince William Sound in the wake of the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill, a canvas that Grimm revisited 20 years later after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Grimm’s work and his experience stand as testament to the fulfillment offered by a connection with our natural world. He notes that such a connection seems conspicuously absent in many aspects of our modern life. Hopefully, Grimm’s paintings will not only inspire us to understand and appreciate nature, but also to work towards its protection – ensuring our own flourishing in the process.

LEARN about
Calvin Grimm
National Outdoor Leadership School
National Outdoor Leadership School
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Woodstock Land Conservancy

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Jeremy Scott Olsen sound editor / re-recording mixer
Jose Hugo editor
Joseph Tan additional editing
Lee Everett director / director of photography
Michael Sinopoli 1st assistant camera
Samantha Pack interview written and conducted by

Paula Minardi producer

Erick Iniguez coordinating producer
Ryan Metcalf supervising producer
Jeremy Scott Olsen executive producer

Shannah White consultant to Calvin Grimm

Calvin Grimm art and photographs used with permission and gratitude “Optimistic Earth”
1975, oil on canvas “Seeker/Sought: Deep Ocean / Deep Space Series”
2013, oil on canvas “Twenty One Years: Exxon Valdez to BP Gulf Oil Spills”
1989-2010, oil on canvas “Clearing Out the Stories”
2013, oil on canvas

“Lamp Project theme 2011”
written and produced by
Nathan Schafer
copyright 2011 by Nathan Schafer

“Jap Films of Hiroshima 1946/08/05”
The Internet Archive
This movie is part of the collection: Universal Newsreels
Production Company: Universal Studios
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Creative Commons license: Public Domain…

“Alaska Sea Kayaking 3”
National Outdoor Leadership School
The Leader in Wilderness Education
logo and photo used with permission and gratitude
Photo Credit: Tracy Baynes (STEP)/NOLS
NOLS students learning technical skills in a beautiful environment.

“Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – ACE6”
Alaska Center for the Environment Slide Collection
courtesy of the Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS),
Creative Commons license: Public Domain…

Calvin Grimm also supports Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Woodstock Land Conservancy

with great appreciation for our all-volunteer crew for their talent, dedication, professionalism and time

copyright 2013 by The Lamp Project
all rights reserved

1 comment to On Camera with Painter Calvin Grimm

  • […] Supporting Calvin means supporting an artist who is giving the world more than just wonderful painting. He spent decades of his life working to raise awareness and concern for our natural environment and the damage which we humans do to it. Don’t miss Samantha Pack’s article about Calvin, where he talks about his art and his beliefs about conservation. Or go enjoy the on-camera interview. […]

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