Bears of Denali
"Bears of Denali" tells a familiar story of the wildlife and the incredible wilderness that is Alaska's Denali National Park. With plant life severely limited by permafrost (permanently frozen subsoil), the landscape is visually transformed into this amazing expansive tundra. In my painting, a familiar trek for the Mother Grizzly and her three cubs, on this day is more annoying than normal to the Mother. She, anxious to get the family fed, is interested in getting down to her favorite fishing spot. On the other hand, the kids, led by one particular instigator (on hind legs), seem more interested in agitating the other two to the point that the trip has already been delayed by several aggressive wrestling matches.