I painted this piece after visiting the bears at the San Francisco zoo. The two grizzlies arrived there as wild cubs and I have watched them grow up into beautiful, powerful adults. I wanted to use simple lines to suggest the grizzly bear's natural habitat. The colors used highlight the changing colors in the bear's coat and reference the beautiful hues of the American Southwest, where bears are a powerful totem in numerous Native American tribes.

Watercolor on 300lb Arches paper. There is a 0.5" border around the edges for easier framing. Size of the artwork image is 14"x18".

- Amy Rattner


Watercolor painting on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

15.25" h x 19" w 
0 lbs. 5 oz.



Amy Rattner
Woodside, California

Getting to Know Amy

Amy Rattner is a Bay Area artist who paints vibrant animal portraits inspired by the American southwest. Her acrylic and watercolor paintings use strong lines, vivid colors, and symbolic patterns to convey the spiritual, mythological, and cultural significance of various animals. After receiving her BA and MA from Stanford University, she began her artistic career as a graphic designer. The vivid, stylized quality of her work today reflects her background. Amy is interested in examining the influential role that animals have played through different cultures and societies.