Floral Bear / Original / New
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"Floral Bear" Original by Santie Cronje, 2021.
'Bear is a strong symbol in folklore. Its presence a reminder to stand strong in our beliefs and our truths. Bear is also our connection to nature and a simpler life. Nurture, rest, family and solitude.'.
Arctic Fauna: There are about 20 species of land animals in the Arctic, including Polar bear, fox, wolf, moose, caribou, reindeer etc. Polar bears can be found accross the Arctic from the US and Canada to Russia, Greenland and Norway. The polar bear is listed as vulnerable with estimated numbers ranging between 22000 - 31 000.
Arctic Flora: Approximately 1700 species of plants live on the Arctic tundra. From flowering plants to herbs, shrubs, grasses, mosses and lichens. I have incorporated some of these arctic flowers (like the Purple Saxifrage and Pasque flower) into the paintings to put the focus on the environment and the gentle ecosystems in nature and all living beings equally important.
Frame Dimensions: (h)380mm x (w)430mm
Medium: Acrylic on cotton paper, float mounted.
Signed: Yes (Signature and Date on the front)
Originally from South Africa, Santie Cronje has called New Zealand home since 1999. Artist in residence and owner of Deciduus & Santie with partner Shane, she juggles a busy work - life balance. As a visual storyteller her paintings are closely connected to her life experiences, travels, thoughts and surroundings.
Formerly educated, Santie studied Art at school from age sixteen and completed a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994.
Her preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying times and low toxicity. Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance, which touches the childlike side of the heart” Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.