30 x 24 in.
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Alaska, July/August 2013
The upright pose in this image from the magazine, Alaska, was immediately appealing to me. The one time I've actually seen bears in the wild was in Alaska. I was in a boat just offshore while honey bears were plucking salmon from the shallows. So this image of the wet bear in summer grass with the ocean in the background really reminded me of that amazing moment. The grid I use in my paintings is more apparent in this piece as I abstracted the textures of bear, grass, and ocean. Some paintings just go a certain way and one tries different techniques. This is one reason why even when painting from a predetermined image, the process is still engaging and surprising.