End of Autumn
This piece is one I love to paint. A big game animal in an abstracted powerful backdrop suggesting a mood. Having worked as a guide on horseback in the mountains I was able to get close with grizzlies and study their movements and structure. On this one I wanted a cooler backdrop contrasting with warm tones on the bear. I n order to have the confidence to paint in such a manner it took years of gaining knowledge of the animal itself as well as learning brushwork alone.