Post by grrraaahhh on Sept 28, 2011 13:18:30 GMT -9
George Dee Smith is a Wyoming native that began painting over thirty-five years ago. Smith's only artistic training came from his drafting classes while studying architecture at Montana State University. Smith began his professional career as an architect, but quickly found his niche in painting Western landscapes and wildlife.
"When the West is gone, hopefully my paintings will show what it was like near the end of the Twentieth Century." Smith's art has been featured in numerous art shows, as well as in the magazine, Art of the West. Smith lives in Cody, Wyoming with his wife and two children.
Post by grrraaahhh on Sept 28, 2011 13:19:25 GMT -9
Cody - Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Carl Rungius, Silver TIp Grizzly Bear - Rocky Mountains, Alberta
1923, Oil on Canvas
Rungius' method of preparing this painting typified his approach in the 1920s. He traveled to the lower Sawbach Range to make landscape photographs and sketches. He also gathered images of grizzly bears, some from the Bronx Zoo. He made a preliminary sketch for the approval of the Zoological Society's Art Committee, then painted the final version.
Post by grrraaahhh on Sept 28, 2011 13:47:09 GMT -9
In this forum, any chance to acknowledge & promote artists of every kind interested in bears will happily be made.
The California Grizzly Bear:
A huge California grizzly walks along a ridge in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking the San Fernando Valley.
Grizzlies dine on fallen acorns under a Coast live oak near San Francisco Bay, centuries ago. The foreground is dug up by their long claws as they hunted for voles (Microtus californica) in the bunchgrass. The flats are mostly California oatgrass (Danthonia californica).
San Francisco 500 years ago, looking eastward from the top of Nob Hill.
Riches of the Stream: Lagunitas Creek in Marin County, long ago. A mother grizzly (Ursus arctos) is alert to the danger of other bears as the family gorges on dead spawned-out Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in a Redwood-Bay-Hazelnut forest.
Post by grrraaahhh on Dec 24, 2011 10:03:56 GMT -9
William R. Leigh's 'Grizzly at Bay' painting. William E. Weiss Purchase Fund.
Although Grizzly at Bay by William R. Leigh was based on a real experience, it contains one fictional element. Leigh accompanied Cody-area hunters on an expedition to provide a grizzly bear specimen for a Colorado natural history museum. When their hunting dogs cornered a grizzly, Leigh sketched and photographed it to plan his painting. To heighten the painting's drama, Leigh added the figure of a fallen hunter.