"This canvas painting is based on a camping and kayaking trip to Grewingk Glacier. It's near Homer Alaska, across Kachemak bay. After jumping off the water taxi and unloading our kayaks and gear, we spotted a mother black bear with her cubs across a small field from our camp. The next morning in a mixture of thick fog and bright sunlight we started our three-mile hike to the glacier. I was stunned by the rich thick forest full of mushrooms, flowers, and mosses. Roughly halfway into our hike we encountered a mother black bear with her playful cubs on the trail. We waited patiently as they slowly made their way into the thick forest. After arriving at the lake in some warm sunshine, my friend and I put on our dry-suits and went for a swim. It was a pleasure and unique experience to enjoy ice water and floating icebergs. We sat peacefully on the shore for hours taking in extraordinary beauty. I knew then, I was going to create an Art piece of my experience. My painting features the vigilant mother black bear taking her playful cubs to the lake for a swim. This painting will be offered in a limited number of prints. Thanks for your interest." - Brian Odermatt
This Art piece is based on a six-day epic trip to Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. I was part of the support, and bear protection team for a group of photographers. We flew in on bush planes and set up camp on the beach. Over the six days, we saw some 200 brown bears, everywhere. Grazing in the grass, digging up clams, running, fighting, playing, rolling around, walking the beach, resting, and nursing cubs. It was unbelievable and humbling to witness this fully intact part of nature. I was compelled to share my intense experience in an Art piece. The original piece was a wood-burning on basswood painted with acrylics. You will see the wood grain and the solid deliberate burned lines across the piece if you look close. If you visit this place, you ought to recognize most of this piece, and its location.