Since Dominic Mattioli arrived on the Aspen scene in mid 2019, with his unique brand of “instinctive realism”, he has definitely cemented his place at the Aspen Art Gallery. Not only delivering his very first show in Aspen and raising thousands for charity but commissioning stunning portraits of our dear clients furry best friends. When it comes to Dominic’s unique expressions of Animals, he is undoubtably the King of the Jungle.
We are very excited to give you an overview of his exploration of the Colorado Black Bears, a few of which are currently still available…plus a closer look at his very latest “Bears in the Snow”
Colorado Black Bears at a Glance
Black is a species, not a color. In Colorado, many black bears are blonde, cinnamon, or brown.
With their bulky fur coats, bears can look bigger than they are. Males average 275 lbs.; females average 175 lbs.
Over 90% of a bear’s natural diet is grasses, berries, fruits, nuts and plants. The rest is primarily insects and scavenged carcasses.
Black bears are very wary of people and other unfamiliar things. Their normal response to any perceived danger is to run away or climb a tree.
Most Colorado bears are active from mid-March through early November. When food sources dwindle they head for winter dens.
With a nose that’s 100 times more sensitive than ours, a bear can literally smell food five miles away.
Bears are very smart, and have great memories - once they find food, they come back for more.
During late summer and early fall bears need 20,000 calories a day to gain enough fat to survive the winter without eating or drinking.
Bears are not naturally nocturnal, but sometimes travel at night in hopes of avoiding humans.
Source - https://cpw.state.co.us/bears
COMING VERY SOON to the Aspen Art Gallery