The Bear Moon original painting was first inspired by taking a lovely
hike along the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. from Sugar Pine point to
Emerald Bay. The only hike that I know of that takes you along edge
of the lake without any development or roads. It is full of sugar
pine trees, cliffs, wonderful granite rocks and granite formations.
The lake drops off there to very beautiful deep water and it is
magical and wild. I came to love this hike and its energy.
I wanted to paint the feeling of this place. The West Shore of Lake
Tahoe is also known for its black bears. And the two went together
so well. At the time of this painting, the Comet "Halebop"
(hopefully that is the correct spelling) was in the night sky, so I
included it. The moon is always a subject in my paintings, its
cycles representing cycles in one's life. In this painting it is
full, the completion of something and the start of something. The
mother bear with her cubs, taking time to appreciate the moon, is a
reflection that all animals are sensitive to the cycle of life and
the seasons. The whole feeling of this painting is to represent the
magical quality that this area has. It is a large pinting 3-1/2' x
While painting this painting. (my first lake tahoe and bear painting)
I lost a little being very dear to me. So this piece became a
healing piece for my sorrow. I cried during the process of this
painting but, also it warmed my heart every time I saw it. The little bear looking back is the spirit that is always with you no matter
where you go.