Coastal Spirit

British Columbia, Canada, 2011.
24 × 36 in / 61 x 91.4 cm / Edition of 20
31 × 46.5 in / 78.7 x 118.1 cm / Edition of 15
40 × 60 in / 101.6 x 152.4 cm / Edition of 10
Kermode bears, or spirit bears, are not albino, but black bears turned white by a rare genetic anomaly. They are culturally significant to British Columbia's coastal indigenous peoples, who safeguarded them during the fur trade of the 1800s by keeping their existence secret. I consider it a privilege to continue the centuries-old fight to protect these unique animals with whom we share our home.

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