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The grizzly bear is a central part of our family folklore, so I did this small piece as a gift to my Dad, who guided me and the other kids hiking through all the high and low trails of the Missions and Swans. In our family, the bear embodies a spirit of power and resilience in the extreme environments of the North. In some indigenous traditions, the bear is a symbol of strength, and is used in many tales and symbols. I tried to convey this imaginative quality with vibrant color, filling the bear with bold energy, which also lends an illustrative character to the piece. This is the first piece I made after finishing my last full semester of school. I sat down to work on this and the majority of the painting just cascaded right out of my head, eyes, and hands in about two hours. I couldn’t believe how quickly I just settled right back in to painting after a months-long hiatus. Kind of like when you have a million things to say but are just waiting for the right moment to interject, but suddenly you just blurt everything out at once. Overall, this piece was satisfying and successful because the subject matter is so fun and meaningful, and I used a balanced approach of thoughtfulness in color and composition, but relatively more expressiveness in technique.
Painting:Acrylic on Canvas
Size:10 W x 8 H x 0.5 D in
Artist and registered nurse in Minneapolis, MN. Member artist @ Vine Arts Center. I mostly work in drawing, painting, collage and mixed media. My work is located at the intersections of several themes. Among them are the concepts of embodiment, transformation through nature and the environment, science, time, space, place and the creative process itself. I am fascinated by the translation of abstract concepts into meaningful figures and shapes, as well as reflecting experiences of the natural world. Additionally, I explore different styles and ways of working through various commissions.
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