Morning on the Skeena
I’ve spent many a fall day on the Skeena, Bulkley, Morice and Kispiox River spey fishing for steelhead. Almost daily there is a story of an encounter with a bear. The foliage is usually thick around the river edge and it’s easy to surprise a big black bear. I sketched in this small bear study with memories of such trips. It doesn’t seem like fall if I haven’t cast a line in that beautiful country. Someday I don’t concentrate much on fishing but sit on the river edge coffee in hand and just soak it all in. This all becomes a part of the paintings created back in the studio.