This past summer I visited the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary up in northern MN near the town of Orr. (Thanks to the recommendation of a fellow artist Jeff Hoff) It’s a unique place where wild bears can be viewed from an elevated deck as they come in and are fed below. I was up there for just a few hours that evening as kind of as a scouting trip to see if there would be serious photography opportunities there in the future. I took a few hundred photos and was pleasantly surprised and the number of bears that came in that night. At any given time there were probably a dozen or so will black bears below in a 2-3 acre area. Anyway, so I finally got around to trying a little bear painting. I’ll probably touch this one a few more times, but I think it’s mostly there.

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