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The Spectators, Original Kodiak Bears Oil Painting


Capture the beauty and power of nature with this stunning wildlife art piece featuring three Kodiak bears eagerly waiting for the arrival of salmon on the shores of a southern Alaska river. Each bear is displays its unique personality and focused expressions, creating a lifelike and awe-inspiring scene. The artist has expertly captured the essence of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, making it a perfect addition to any wildlife enthusiast's collection. This original painting is perfect for bringing the wild beauty of nature into your home or office, and is sure to spark conversation and admiration from all who see it. Whether you're a fishing enthusiast or simply enjoy the wonder of wildlife, this breathtaking art piece is a must-have.


"The Spectators"

Kodiak bears perusing the dinner menu.

20 x 24 oil on board, framed.


For this painting, I used oak board without canvas attached.  Because it is oak, the wood grain is apparent and my vision was to have some of it show through my glazed finished piece.  It worked well and the painting has a raw, rustic quality that is impossible to achieve on canvas or covered board.


The #Kodiakbear, scientifically known as #Ursusarctos middendorffi, is a notable subspecies of brown bear found in the Kodiak Archipelago in southwest Alaska. Also referred to as the #Kodiakbrownbear or #Alaskanbrownbear, it holds the distinction of being one of the largest recognized subspecies or populations of brown bears, alongside the polar bear. Some experts also consider it to be a population of grizzly bears.

In terms of physiology and physical appearance, the Kodiak bear closely resembles other #brownbear species like the mainland grizzly bear #Ursusarctoshorribilis  and the now-extinct California grizzly bear (U. a. californicus). The primary distinction lies in size, as Kodiak bears are generally 1.5 to 2 times larger on average than their relatives. Despite this size difference, their diet and behavior remain largely similar to those of other brown bears.

Kodiak bears have had a long history of interaction with humans, particularly hunters and inhabitants of the rural coastal regions in the archipelago.  In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on conservation and protection of the Kodiak bear population due to increased human activities within their habitat.



The Spectators, Original Kodiak Bears Oil Painting

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