Isle Royale Reflection
"When I arrived on Isle Royale for the first time in July of 1997 I felt great excitement to be there, as I had long heard about the island’s pristine wilderness. But, arriving at the cove that harbors the artist’s cabin, I was unprepared for the sheer beauty. A ranger took us up to the point in front of the cabin, to the expansive view. Standing there, looking out, he remarked wryly, “If an artist can’t get inspired up here, I don’t know where she could!” It was at that spot on a windy and sunny day, seated at a weathered bench, that I wrote “From A Point of Stone,” a song that seemed almost to come out whole. From that bench I saw the northern lights and amazing sunsets and heard the rush of gulls and loons above and mergansers below. At the height of that point you share the sky with the birds and can be startled awake in the early morning hours by the call of a loon as it wings just over the roof of the cabin. I spent many hours at that bench reading, singing, and taking in the sights and spirit of the place. It is an honored spot.
About the Artist*
Shelia Larkin was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from July 18th to August 6th, 1997. She grew up in an Irish-American household, surrounded by family, music, religion, and scouting. In college she straddled two majors: music and environmental studies. She has a degree in music from the University of Wisconsin and a degree in music therapy from the University of Minnesota.
Last updated: January 15, 2020