36×60″ Mixed acrylic and metal leaf on canvas.
This painting of a young standing black bear was inspired in part by my history in fiber art, and the layers of color and detail within traditional fabrics such as saris and the woven patterns in eastern rugs. It touches upon both our ties to cultural tradition and it’s comforts, and our intersection with the wild world that sustains us all by simply continuing to exist, holding to no specific human belief system… it simply is, and is beautiful. The painting includes a mix of metal leaf throughout the “fabric” of the image, referencing our perceptions of value vs. what is intrinsically valuable and worthy of our pursuit and protection. The young bear represents a hope for the future… one in which our own children might yet live in a world that still contains wild places and a diversity of wild life.