Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seal River

One of the exciting things about being a wildlife artist is getting outside the studio to encounter wildlife in its natural habitat.

With Churchill Wild (www.churchillwild.com) and Webber's Lodges (www.webberslodges.com) I have been able to experience being in the presence of wild polar bears. Unlike some of the big machine buggy tours in Churchill, this is true wilderness. On the ground, breathing the same air, and watching polar bears act naturally in their environment.

A couple years ago, three of us spent 6 hours with 2 polar bears just outside Seal River Lodge. They had feasted on a beluga whale and were stuffed and contented. Since it is that time of year again, I wanted to paint a piece inspired from that encounter.

Seal River Slumber
Original Oil
5.75" X 11"


marc calvo said...

Good polar bear picture Besse!,it looks a playful and free satisfied bear.

Linda Besse said...

Thanks Marc. One of the joys of being in a remote camp north of the "crowds" of Churchill is you can watch polar bears behave naturally.
Thanks, Linda