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Alaskan Bear


Alaskan Bear – – Original for Sale – 

This bear in my wildlife series is inspired by a photo image on the shoreline in Alaska with evergreens in the background. I chose to focus on the bear’s head and shoulders to capture his presence in a close-up but still show the power and readiness to go into action. These bears are typically brown but to explore the feeling that comes with color I used saturated tints of orange to create his form and show shadow and light. I glazed in purple, blue, and cool green to emphasize shadow and shape. The fur effect was created using a homemade rake (many small brushes attached together) for the first time. I glazed over the entire bear in a thin layer of orange to blend all the elements. The background was saturated dark green sponged with a light green and glazed with red. —Donald Ryker


Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

Only 1 left in stock


Donald Ryker has been painting since his teens. He was inspired to begin painting when he discovered he could use a hard hat on his head to direct his brush. He has lived his life with cerebral palsy and was thrilled to find an outlet for his creativity and a way to communicate his love of life, and his message to people that anyone can accomplish things in life if they are creative and persistent; there is always a way to find the positive in life. Ryker's paintings reflect his joy in life, and his desire to connect. His artwork inspires others with his choice of color and ability to draw in his viewer.


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