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.
When we moved into our new place a couple years ago, my husband and I found two weathered and stained cow skulls that had been hidden in the tall weeds of the side yard. Not knowing exactly where they fit into our landscape, they were repeatedly moved around the perimeter of the house until finally, they wound up on a shelf in the workshop where they sat for the better part of two years. I had been saying all along that I wanted to paint them, but just never seemed to get around to it.
Wow! I love it! What a great job! He looks so sweet!
Dear Jill, I wanted to let you know we got Milo’s picture. It’s fantastic. You really captured his spirit in his eyes and his smile is perfect. Thanks so much for the effort you put into it.
Dear Jill…. Ali made my wife cry. You really captured [his] essence.
Dear Jill, I received the pastels today. They were awesome!
Dear Jill… you really captured Parker’s “pout” expression! Thanks!