Waking Up – Grizzly Bear
Limited Edition of 100, 21″ x 26″ – $150.00
Open Edition 8″ x 10″ – $30.00
In appearance the grizzly is awesome. Its great strength is shown not only in its large head, short thick neck and stocky powerful legs, but also in the hump of muscle on the shoulders. Although its strength is the reason to fear the grizzly, there is a need to understand its timid, retiring nature and its instincts for self preservation and the safety of its young. To violate its nature and space could be to court disaster. In grizzly country, it is for us to use common sense behaviour.
Most of the Canadian population of grizzlies is found in the Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta. In the Rockies the grizzly bear most often winters at higher altitudes than the black bear. Dens may be existing hollows under the roots of large trees. Adult males are the first to leave their dens, emerging in advance of spring when the weather is still blustery. Lone females and those with cubs follow as the season moderates, but females with new cubs stay inside their dens for another month or two until spring has fully arrived.
In the composition, “Waking Up”, a male grizzly is standing at the door of his den just after having awakened from the winter’s nap. After stretching he pauses, relying upon his acute hearing and sense of smell, to survey the safety of the surroundings before venturing forward.