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Richard Arnold Pargeter didn't formally study the precise art form of panoramic illustration. He somewhat fell into it and developed his own style. There were no classes for the craft in his Bremerton, Washington locale, or anywhere else known to him. Certainly not at the town's Olympic College where he was employed as assistant to the art department's director. But he knew how to draw and illustrate with good clarity. He was a distance runner in college: and hiked and climbed with friends in Washington's beautiful Olympic Mountains. It was at Olympic College that he met George W. Martin, college registrar and leader of the mountaineering and rescue and survival classes. Martin wanted a map for use in the mountain classes and asked Pargeter, a climber and artist, if he could produce such a map. Not knowing the first thing about map making, Pargeter said "Sure, I'll do it." As we all know, ignorance is bliss. But we all know that there have always been vast, but successful projects started with half-vast ideas. In six months the map(?) was done(for), as Pargeter was drafted into the U.S. army. Martin handled the printing coordination and marketing. Ugly as this map(?) was, it was an immediate best seller locally and proved to be the basis for Pargeter's life's work. Later, he went back and remade the map based an greater learning curve. Tens of thousands of these maps have been sold over the years. All Pargeter's maps are true oblique projections. No planimetrics. All, but the pre-color-separated Olympic map have been full-color halftone shaded relief illustrations rendered in acrylics and a very fine brush, The renderings are based on U.S.G.S. topo quads with mountain "facial features" derived from aerial oblique angle photos taken by Pargeter. His other obliques are: The North Central Cascades; North Cascades West; North Cascades East; San Juan Islands; Puget Sound Country and Washington's Northwest Passages. Pargeter's maps are quite a bit more than attractive wall decorations. They are recognized backcountry travel aides showing roads that lead to trail heads, trail routes, mileages, elevations, lakes, peaks, et cetera. If "a picture is really worth a thousand words," then one should ponder the additional value of a picture with a thousand words imprinted upon it. The combination is a tremendous improvement. Isn't it?

Richard A. Pargeter Illustrator and Publisher

Specializing in unique and attractive pictorial relief maps, panoramas and cards.

The Olympic Peaks Washington USA
North Cascades West Washington USA
 San Juan Islands Washington USA
Central Cascades Washington USA
Olympic Peninsula Washington USA
Puget Sound Country Washington USA
North Cascades East Washington USA
Northwest Passages Washington USA