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In discussing this subject matter the artist wrote, “This is another version on the bear/gull relationship. It has the earmarks of a cliché, but so do many other symbiotic relationships. The wildlife artist has to, by hook or crook, use a familiar cast of characters in an untried way. It isn’t all that easy, this job of producing a piece of work sufficiently novel to stand on its own. As many artists will attest, the concept of a painting determines the smoothness of the journey from idea to finished work. Good concept: smooth ride; faulty concept: a long, dusty, bumpy, detour-riddled ride, with the destination always in doubt.”

Tom Davis, Patrons Without Peer, the McCloy Collection, Collectors Covey, 2009, p. 122, illustrated

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