As an Artist
Bearcloud began his journey on this Earthmother spending a great deal of time outdoors, connecting with the elements of nature. At the age of five, he began drawing and by twelve he was painting. When he was thirteen he knew at that time that this was going to be his life’s journey. Some of his earlier works are very similar to what he paints today. However, he struck out on a quest in search of what he would be painting. He dabbled in modern art, realism, abstract, fantasy and graphic arts as the years passed. Bearcloud went through a series of ceremonies that would last four years, a fifty-two moon cycle. The ceremonies were difficult and challenging and pushed his limits. When he was complete, he began painting again after about a year delay. His paintings were to go to new levels. He began painting the spiritual visions that he had become so accustomed to. Each of his paintings carried a spiritual essence that many onlookers seemed to recognize.
Because of the tremendous request for his works, he began to publish them. He began a spiritual journey with each of his paintings and with each step a new path of spirit would emerge. With a captivated audience, many began collecting his works. He explains that with every breath he would put spirit into his work and every color would evoke a piece of this journey. He was glad there were those who had the abilities to feel them.
Bearcloud opened his own gallery and displayed his works along with many of the Native American friends that were in his world. It was located in gold rush country at the base of the Sierra Mountains. It was close to Yosemite and the mountain passes, where he spent much time working on his visions. They were mountains that reflected the inspiration that is revealed through the landscape. His vision returned him to his origins, the mountains and gorges of Arizona, a journey he had begun at the age of five. Not long after that, he moved there. The area reflected the spirit that he was most inspired to paint.
There, he opened another gallery in an affluent shopping center, that in itself reflected an essence of spirit, as the trees mingled through the stucco walls. From there he continually returned to the land of ceremony. He said once in his Inipi (sweat lodge), he thanks the Spirit, the Creator, the Great Mystery for loaning him these paintbrushes to do the work that might touch the spirit and heart of the people that his paintings have reached.
If you look closely at his work you will see details that show the sky perhaps as an eagle or a stone as a face. The water might reflect what is felt in his minds eye.