Ruta Vaskys and Martin Freed have had a number of careers including faculty appointments at various colleges, entrepreneurs, trapping and collecting wild herbs in Vermont and Alaska and outdoors and conservation writers and photographers.
Ms. Vaskys has a BS in Occupational Therapy and a masters in counseling.
She has worked in both fields and has been a professional commercial artist.
She studied at the Maryland Institute of Art, the Richmond Professional Institute
and did her graduate study at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks..
Mr. Freed taught geology, chemistry, oceanography and mathematics at a number of colleges and universities. He graduated from Coastal Carolina with a BS and did his graduate work at the University of Alask.a in physical oceanography. He was a Garment Center executive in the 1960s.
Before going to graduate school the couple built a cabin in the Green Mountains of Vermont and lived without electricity or running water for a number of years.
After graduate school, Martin and Ruta made Alaska their home. In 1988 they bought another home on the Eastern Shore Virginia and currently have residences in Fairbanks and Quinby, Va. and split the year between the two.
They started writing outdoor articles in the mid 1980s and have sold articles to many regional as well national publications. Some of these are: Fur, Fish and Game, Easy Street, the Eastern Shore News, The Mid-Atlantic Fisherman, What¿s Up Annapolis, Shotgun Magazine, The Chesapeake Angler, The Salisbury (Md.)Times, Alaska, Fish Alaska, Fish and Game and many others. Both are members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA.)