After a Long Winter’s Sleep


Color scrimshaw on ancient mammoth ivory by Gary Williams. Inspired by the mountain like shape of the mammoth ivory, Williams has chosen the grizzly bear to represent the spirit of spring in the high meadows of the Rockies. Wildflowers are just beginning to appear as the hungry bear appears after a long hibernation. The background is very well done, giving one the impression of the distance to the faraway peaks. Note the glaciers are done by leaving the natural white of the mammoth ivory itself. A very nice touch. Unusual perspective in having the huge bear’s head so near in the foreground, but it really works. Very creative work by one of the better scrimshanders working today.

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