Child's Play By Judy Larson
When the Europeans arrived in the New World they brought with them a fear and wariness of wolves that stemmed from thier long history as shepherds. Their fears and misgivings came from centuries of struggling to protect their flocks and families from predation by wolves. In contrast, the Native Americans respected and revered the wolf for its prowess as a shrewd hunter. They even allowed their children to engage in play with wolf pups. Europeans travelling westward viewed this behavior skeptically and considered it further proof of the extraordinary difference between their respetive civilizations. Today, the great forests of the Northwest are the gray wolf's last retreat in America as are some of the great forests in Western Europe such as the Carpathians, the Black Forest and vast stretches of Scandinavia.
Judy Larson's "Child's Play" celebrates the wolf, now listed as an endangered and treatened species. The subtle hidden image of the two Native American children asks that we replace the deep superstitions of our European ancestors and awaken to the joy and wisdom wolves bring to our world. The piece is indeed a masterpiece of eloquence and artistry.
Limited Edition printed on Archival Material for preservation.
Signed and Numbered by the artist.