Grizzly Bear Portrait

Grizzly Portrait — 18″ x 18″ oil on canvas  $1400.00 SOLD
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                                           Proof that I painted it!! LOL!!

I’m really so happy with this one…that happens so rarely. I haven’t even posted the last three large paintings I’ve finished, because I’m disgusted with them.  I got sick of painting wildlife a few years ago, and I also switched from acrylics to oils, loving the “juiciness” of oil paint. I’ve since attempted a few grizzly paintings in oil, and they were never quite successful. Grizzly pictures are in high demand here, in Bella Coola, since, other than Alaska, we are their playground, literally. It’s not uncommon to see them crossing the road, eating the apples from my tree, or fishing on the river bank, making it easy to get good reference photos. They’re fairly used to people and aren’t generally much of a threat.
At any rate, I sell every grizzly I paint, so I decided to attempt another, and this time, in acrylic. Now I know why most wildlife painters use it. It’s so much easier to get the detail, in a much shorter time. I just don’t have the patience to wait for oils to dry to do glazing.
Anyways, I’ll have archival, limited edition prints available in a 12″ x 12″ size, so if you’re interested, drop me a line.
Cheers!

Grizzly Bear in the River

                                 Grizzly  8″x10″ graphite on bristol  $150.00

Soon to be framed, and on display for sale at the Bella Coola Valley Inn Gallery. Framed Price, $200.00.

The Bella Coola Valley, where I live is one of the last wild places on earth. The population is tiny…we have about 1800 people in a stretch of about 60 km, the valley is narrow, lined with glacier fed creeks, and streams filled with salmon, so it is also one of the prime locations for spotting grizzly bears in the wild. While most people on the planet can only hope to see these amazing creatures in the zoo, I have to shuttle my kids inside while they plunder the fruit on my fruit trees and lumber nonchalantly through our yard. People come from all over the world to get a chance to see one. In fact, today I have the great fortune to go on a river drift with my boss, Fraser Koreluk, who owns Coast Mountain Lodge and Kynoch adventures here in Bella Coola. They offer deluxe accommodation, and outdoor adventures, such as eco-tours and Bear viewing tours. I hope we see bears today, so I can get some more reference photos to paint from.

Framing Options
unframed $150.00 framed $200.00