Bear Carver (diptych, left panel), 48 x 60 inches, Acrylic on Panel, 2015
I was riding alone one morning on the Redwood Highway just outside of the National Park when I came upon a mega-mart of carved bears. There are zillions of carved redwood bears in Northern California. I stopped and tried to talk to a man who was just starting his carving shift. He had a block of redwood and an unlit cigarette, about to fire up his chainsaw and the cigarette. I was a guy traveling through on a 15 lb. bicycle who likely wasn't going to buy a bear. Looked like I wasn’t going to alter his routine.