Brothers and Sisters
The pairing of an Alpha male and Alpha female represents a wolf pack’s genesis, but it truly becomes a pack as the offspring arrive and grow. “Brothers and Sisters,” the second offering in Judy’s “A Tribute to Wolves” series, honors the core population of most packs, the Alphas’ offspring. This bond of blood, upon which these groups are so dependent, is one of the prime sources of affection and mutual aid. From birth, brothers and sisters will compete for social standing within the clan and assume roles and responsibilities uniquely theirs. The disappearance of a wolf from a pack will not easily or quickly be filled.
Such is the case here with Judy’s newest image, “Brothers and Sisters.” We can immediately see three adult offspring lurking among the aspens. Close examination will reveal that Judy has concealed a fourth, although this member of the pack remains only in spirit. She is no longer with the pack, but the memory of her place and role within it still lingers.
Judy Larson stands alone in skill and storytelling mastery of her chosen medium, scratchboard. No medium demands more planning and precision in execution, yet her subjects are alive with a freedom of form that redefines those limitations. That skill, combined with a passion for the wilderness and all things wild, makes owning a Larson an essential part of any art collection.