30+ years of paintings, talked about one painting at a time: what went into the paintings, what I was trying to say, what was happening at the time of my life that I made the paintings. The paintings themselves are narrative, and this adds a little more to the story that they tell.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Hungry Bear 2018
Fall usually finds me in the Roaring Fork Valley, in West Central Colorado. Because of this I've become familiar with the community of black bears that live in the area. They come down out of the mountains each fall to bulk up for their winter hibernation. Some falls are rougher for them than others, depending on how much forage they've had in the high country that spring and summer. If it's been a bad year(drought usually, or a late freeze in the spring), then, desperate to fill themselves with enough calories to last them through the rough Colorado winter, they head for the luxurious, million dollar homes that fill the landscape. An open window, an unlocked car, the smell of something cooking in some one's house, a fruit tree loaded with fruit, and that's where they go, using their paws as a human would to open things and start feasting. One late night, as I headed down the highway towards Basalt, a small town in the valley, I spotted what I thought was a human figure, laying in the middle of the road. As I got closer, I realized it was a bear, having come down looking for food, then gotten hit and killed trying to cross the highway. When I finished this piece, and stood back and looked at it, I realized that "Hungry Bear" was an homage to that unfortunate bear.