Mountain Bear (aka Bill Broderick) paints in the sumi-e (black ink) tradition of Japan; and follows the Zenga style of Zen masters, monks, and others performing the spiritual exercise of no-mind to capture the essence of being with simple, bold, and spontaneous brushstrokes. His lifetime interest in Zen and sumi-e painting began with his worldwide travels as a young man. He later lived in Japan and Korea where he spent time with members of the Buddhist communities including the late R. H. Blyth; but did not pick up the brush until much later in life, when he also joined the Puget Sound Sumi Artists. His work has been exhibited in numerous regional venues, including Puget Sound Sumi Artists shows regionally, and in Japan and China.
One of Mountain Bearís ensōs, Awareness, is the logo for Tacomaís Asia Pacific Cultural Center.
Mountain Bearís studio
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