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Bear Coming Out of the Forest

Original Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75

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This bear is walking out of the forest and into the river. He is looking downstream. I imagine he is not alone. Often bears fish the river together and train their cubs how to scoop up salmon and other fish. The base colors on the bear were in a rainbow range of color using the blues and purples for the the deeper shadows and yellows for the parts in the light. I glazed over with colors of cream and orange then enhanced the shadows further with more blue, green and purple. I like seeing the shape and form emerge using this technique. The background was inspired by a finger painter, Iris Scott, who is making her name with bright color and texture.

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.

As with other creative artists, being unique has led Ryker to develop his own style. He paints luminous vibrant artwork by using bold clear colors, underpainting to bring out the values, and layering glaze in his unique technique that he calls Impasto Glaze. The end result reflects light beautifully and has the quality of stained glass. The viewer will continually find new details to enjoy.

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