In many native cultures, the bear is among the most sacred of animals. Not only are bear strong and powerful, but they are gentle mothers and thoughtful souls.
The Great Bear is not only sacred to Native Americans, but to all of mankind. That respect is represented in the naming of the constellation Ursa Major – the Great Bear.
The claw in the center of my painting is replicated from a cast of a grizzly paw that hangs on my wall. The original imprint was taken by Chuck Jonkel, one of the most pre-eminent bear biologists in the US and an old friend and ally from our years in the Montana Rockies.