The Source 36" X 48" Oil on canvas
This painting began as I was looking at a piece by Howard Terpning, who has painted many historical images of native americans in the Southwest. I recomposed the painting and replaced his Apache warriors with bears as the central figures who have come across this force of nature in the wilderness. Bluebirds have a mythology that goes back thousands of years and they represent happiness, prosperity, good health and above all confidence. I imagined the powerful waterfall setting as a source of strength and renewal for these beings.
— Robert Bissell, March 2010