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We Are Family

From the Artist: We Are Family is an acrylic painting celebrating the wonderful and diverse bear family.  Yes, the panda is a true bear:  Scientists have used DNA to find out that the giant panda is more closely related to the other bears than to the raccoons. Giant pandas are in the family Ursidae with the seven other bear species.

  • 5" x 7" notecard
  • the print is adhered to a natural vellum finish
  • 65 lb., acid-free, archival piece of card stock
  • Comes with a matching natural-color envelope
  • Sealed in a protective, clear, flap-seal, acid- and archival-safe bag
  • Double-Matted Prints: matted with two archival matboards in an off-white color
  • Backed with archival foam core
  • Presented in a clear archival bag
  • Ready to frame in standard-size frames
  • Hand-signed and titled on the mat board front.
  • Fuji Crystal Archive paper is acid-free
  • Outside mat dimensions are 8" x 10", image is 5" x 7"

Mimi Matsuda, a full-time artist based in Bozeman, Montana, developed a passion for animals at a young age, surrounded by pet chickens, rats, birds, and fish. With a background in biology, she spent her youth exploring evergreen forests, studying salamanders, fishing for trout, and observing birds and mammals.

After earning a degree in biology, Mimi pursued her dream job as a National Park Ranger Naturalist for Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks. Her art became integral to her work, illustrating principles on guided hikes. This experience sparked her transition to a full-time artist.

Today, Mimi paints to foster emotional connections with nature, using beauty and humor to engage audiences of all ages. As a new mother to identical twins, she creates imagery that resonates with everyone, aiming to inspire the preservation and protection of wildlands and animals.

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