"The bear is considered a powerful and sacred animal, often revered for its strength, wisdom, and connection to the natural world. She is a symbol of healing and transformation. The bear is associated with the concept of "medicine," which refers to spiritual power and energy. The bear is believed to possess a unique and potent medicine that can help individuals overcome illness, trauma, or other challenges.
In my culture, the bear is associated with qualities like courage, tenacity, and protection. Many indigenous groups view the bear as a guardian or protector and may use bear imagery in their art or clothing to symbolize these qualities.
Bear cubs are born in February. Mothers will lick their cubs and clean them with snow. An elder once told me when you see heavy fog in the air in the morning late January or early February, you just know a cub has been born. As I complete this painting, daylight is breaking and the fog is just lifting off the lake."
Size: 24x30 in | 60.9x76.2 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, 1.75 stretched Canvas border
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