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Along The Ridge - Grizzlies By Robert Bateman

By Robert Bateman

Along the Ridge - Grizzlies by Robert Bateman

“My first trip to Alaska was overwhelming. I expected it to be spectacular, but not overwhelmingly spectacular. Next to East Africa, I consider it the best place in the world to see large, wild animals.

Mount McKinley National Park (now called Denali National Park) is, in a sense, the Headquarters for wildlife in Alaska. I had very good views of ptarmigan, golden eagles, gyrfalcons, caribou, Dall sheep and of course, grizzly bears. On our way into the park on our first evening I conceived of this, my first, Alaskan painting. It is part of my artistic philosophy to orchestrate a painting so that the main elements do not compete. I either want the animal or the landscape to dominate – not both.

The grizzly bear is one of the largest and most impressive carnivores in the world, but it is a mere peanut when compared to the awesome landscape. Starting at a mere 3,000 feet and rising abruptly to 20,320 feet, Mount Mckinley (Denali) is considered by many to be the highest mountain in the world from bottom to top. Nestled around it like courtiers around the king are beautiful mountain peaks which, although they are lesser, would excel anywhere else in the world. Usually the great snowy slopes and glaciers of McKinley itself are hidden by cloud. Then one looks up in the cloudy sky, perhaps to follow the flight of an eagle, and suddenly that brilliant white cloud reveals itself, not as a cloud, but as the great Mt. McKinley. That is why I painted it for you to discover after looking at the rest of the painting. That is the way it is in the real park.

Sometimes I hide a little bird or even a beer can in the picture. I thought that it would bean interesting idea to hide the largest mountain in North America.

The bears, of course, fit in a small part of the whole as in real life. We saw grizzly sows and cubs on several occasions but not, of course, at the time and place I have shown in the picture. The weather is also an important element in any Alaskan visit as is the wonderful light. In this painting I tried to fit the land, the atmosphere and the wildlife into one moment in time which could have happened.” ~ Robert Bateman

Along the Ridge - Grizzlies by Robert Bateman is available as a signed and numbered limited edition print with a 16-1/4 x 32-1/2 image size priced at $.

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