Piece description from the artist
This is a scene from the Blackfoot story "The Bear Woman". In the story, a woman refuses to get married, much to the consternation of her family. One day, her little sister follows her into the wilderness to spy on her and learns that she has taken a bear as husband. She tells her father and brothers who then find and kill the bear. Later, the Bear Woman gains the ability to transform into a bear herself. After slaughtering her village, there is a chase between her and her brothers who eventually kill her, but, having no people to return to, they ascend to the skies and become the stars of the great bear constellation.
The part of the story I've depicted here is near the end where the brothers clash with their sister who has taken her bear form. Two Native American warriors on the backs of mustangs encounter a massive brown bear on a snowy field under cloud filled evening skies. The lead hunter draws back his bow and takes aim from galloping mount, while the other holds aloft his lance as his horse rears. The bear charges savagely, kicking up a shower of powdery snow as it roars in anger.
Daniel is a forty-something living in the Metro-Atlanta area, and he is one of the few people who was actually born and raised there. He is also married and has two sons and a daughter. By day, he works as software engineer at a small company. By night he is an artist producing realist works depicting scenes of American wildlife, farm animals, fantasy scenes, extinct animals, and images of the "American Wild West":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Frontier.
Daniel has dual degrees in computer science and fine art from the University of Georgia. Given his education, it would seem only natural for him to combine the two by producing art using a computer. Daniel practices a new form of art called "3D Rendering":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_rendering, a form of virtual sculpting with a computer. This form of art is utilized by film studios for special effects as well as animated movies, but it can be used to make stills as well. "Check out this video of Daniel creating a 3D rendering!":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvoSvRhYPr4
Daniel’s interest in art began when he was young. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, he became particularly interested in the works of the illustrators that appeared on the covers, such as "Frank Frazetta":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta and "Michael Whelan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whelan. In college, he discovered the work of the "French Realists":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts), the "Pre-Raphaelites":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood, and the "Hudson River School":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_School, which further influenced him and put his work on a course where nature was the dominant theme.
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