HTJ Cover Art selected for an Amazing Book!
Author and poet and good friend Lisa Roney (www.joyouscrybaby.com) chose the HtJ piece "Daily Numbers (Blaze)" as the wrap-around cover image for her upcoming chapbook, The Best Possible Bad Luck. This brilliant collection of poems, thematically simpatico with HtJ, is available for order here.
Bearfoot in the City, Spirit Bear
Created as part of the Knoxvilles 2001 Bearfoot
in the City public art project, Spirit Bear sports an
upbeat, colorful and energetic montage of images celebrating
the spirit of the natural world. It is inspired by the rhythms
of life: day and night, growth, the seasons and the elements
(earth, wind, water and fire.) This is a fresh and optimistic
bear, intentionally whimsical in color and composition, spontaneous
in execution. It is a fun piece, communicating light, humor
and reverence for nature.
The Aslan Foundations sponsorship of Spirit Bear
offered the artist a unique opportunity for creative collaboration,
and resulted in a tweaking of the original design to incorporate
a majestic, mystical feel, reflective of the noble character
of Aslan the Lion from C.S. Lewis tales of Narnia. The
original sunburst image was moved from the bears back
to his head, creating a lion-like mane. (Thanks to son Nathan
Reider, Narnia aficionado, for the idea!) Snippets of text from
the Narnia books meander among the images, with a blooming rose
and a hidden heart, symbols faith, gratitude and love.
Spirit Bear, a make-believe bear inspired by a philathropic organization (Aslan Foundation)
named after a real-life dog (Aslan the golden retriever) named after a fictional character
(Aslan the lion), was purchased by a private collector at the Big Bear Bash in August 2002.