When Dan Gray decided to paint the spectacle of people jumping into very cold water in a “Polar Bear” type of event on Vancouver Island, he didn’t suspect that it would offer him the opportunity to break new ground.

Lead Image: “Polar Bears 2016,” by Dan Gray, 2016, pastel, 18 x 24 in.

Gray may have painted the first plein air piece depicting a drone. The flying camera was hovering above the swimmers as he was painting, so Gray included it. “Sign of the times,” Gray says.


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