This Bear: How it came about
I have always loved and have been fascinated with both actual and teddy bears every since I was very young. Grizzlies make up one of my loves. This said, I cannot imagine a life without my teddy bear Mit and his killer whale brother, Bluey. They have both been such a huge support through thick and through thin. I cannot forget of course there is Moof, Doof, Scotty and the entire cave clan!
You may have seen the meme ‘Teddy Bears – Protecting innocent children from monsters under the bed since 1902’; this is what my loves do for me. Battle my demons while I sleep.
I remember mum telling how I used to beg to go to the zoo so much when I was a kid that I would just head directly to the grizzlies and start talking to them. Asking them how they are and if they have eaten (there's a poem up!).
It was not until I went through some darker days that I adopted art as my outlet. My love for furries allowed me to express much of what I was feeling through my THIS BEAR pieces. They alone allowed me to voice what I wanted to say, even when I was not readily able to admit to myself. It was my way of reaching out for help. And now, it is still my way of expressing hope.
Some of these bears have their backs towards us, some of them face us but their faces are scarred and so are their hearts. I do not wish to impose my emotions on you but rather have subject to your interpretation.
Some do come with some stories to spread a bit of hope!