The Three Bears ~ Papa Bear
I’m pleased to note that this piece, “The Three Bears ~ Papa Bear” has found its forever home through the Jeni Benos Gallery located in The Greenbrier Art Colony Shops on Alabama Row at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
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22″ x 15″ Collage
My “Fleeting Glimpses” series reflects my love of wildlife and seeing them in their natural habitat. Each wildlife sighting I experience is a precious gift, a stolen moment of insight behind nature’s curtain into the daily life of each creature. As an “outsider” we are offered this rare moment of witnessing another world. The compositions I create are often unexpected which represents not only the chance sighting lasting only a moment but also the wild aspect of the animals not constrained by our rules or boundaries. As the observer, we watch for and learn to see the reward of a glimpse… It is surprising how often our neighbors are near if only we’d look for them.
“Papa Bear” is from the “Portals” branch of my “Fleeting Glimpses” series which introduces an element of surrealism. I believe this invites the viewer to engage more personally as possibilities are opened up by removing the constraint of reality. The embedded box motifs are “windows” into an alternative environment, real or imagined. The paintings make subtle statements regarding our encroachment on the habitats of our wild neighbors. Most include collage or dimensional elements that represent human presence. “Wonky” tree shapes and curved lines are also a common motif throughout the series.
“Mixed Media & Collage” is fun, fun, and more fun! The sky is the limit and my creativity soars when the “rules” and constraints of a specific medium no longer apply! As I have introduced more surreal and symbolic elements into my paintings, the mixed-media and collage have facilitated expressing my ideas in exciting new ways.
In the case of “Papa Bear” the entire background is a collaged road map which is used to symbolize our encroachment on the black bears’ habitat. The checker board motif symbolizes the idea of making one move or change on a game-board has ramifications across the board. The “wonky tree shapes” visible through the “portal” symbolize the undisturbed natural habitat the bear has emerged from. This painting was inspired by my chance “sighting” and subsequent photographing of a black bear walking down my wooded driveway towards our home (and my bird feeders!).
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