March 1 - June 30, 2018
Selected acrylic works and bird paintings in oil.
July 1 - August 31, 2018
Enjoy my art. Get inspired. And while you are there,
why not partake in a beverage and delicious snack.
Bonanza - 48" x 36" - Acrylic on canvas
"Icon" - Grizzly Bear - 24" x 30" - Mixed media on canvas
After a long, seemingly endless struggle, in 2017 trophy hunting of grizzly bears was finally banned in the province of British Columbia, Canada. In celebration, I am throwing caution to the wind and going back to my all time favourite subject matter – bears. I’ll be exploring the myriad of perceptions and misconceptions surrounding these magnificent creatures and ultimately, their reality. To this day, and historically, bears have been revered, feared, persecuted and idolized; to humanity they have symbolized everything from mother figures in ancient cultures, icons in various religions, to the embodiment of gluttony and sloth. They are looked upon as fearsome predators but also soft cuddly friends for children. To many, bears represent all that is wild. Humans, however have often broken their spirits – making them spectacles in zoos, baiting them with dogs, feeding rings through their sensitive noses and making them dance, or hunting them for sport.
Ultimately bears are simply one of the many magnificent, sentient beings that deserve to thrive on this planet.
I began my fine art journey 20 years ago by painting bears, and with these new works, I’m heading back to my roots.