One reason I am so inspired by our First Nations is because they understood, appreciated and used symbolism from the natural world. The colors red, black and white were very important to the Cherokee, and each of the fauna and flora that the seven Cherokee clans were named for, held significant meaning for the place that clan held within the tribe. As an artist who delights in symbolism, I love that.
I do love a picture that tells a story. This one suggests a lot of questions which also makes me happy. Who is she turning to smile at, on this early morning stolen visit? Were they worth the wait? She seems to think so, since her smile rivals the early morning sunshine.
For my references on this image, I used a Colorado model with Native American background, designed and fitted her Victorian costume myself, and scoped out the setting we would use, ahead of time.
In February, my family and I headed to northern Colorado to meet up with landscape and wildlife photographer Scott Wilson who was our guide into the Sand Wash Basin. Here's the story of that adventure:
I'm so excited to report that as a result of the auction of a print of this painting, the Wild Horse Warriors have the money that is required to get that fence built! That's a success story! :)
But good news! Limited Edition prints (signed and embellished) are available if you missed out on the charity auction. Feel free to call 702-756-7841 for more information.
This painting is a celebration of our inner beauty and how beautifully captivating it is once we let it out! Be free to Shine!
Limited Edition Prints are available! Call (702) 756-7841 to order one today.
Completed for the dining show experience, "Body of Work", by AOC Tour, my latest acrylic painting on canvas paper: "Beauty Spill", is centered around a woman's silhouette. Created by spilled polish, it expresses freedom, vulnerability and beauty. Surrounding the silhouette are all the elements that make up a beauty routine.
Every person has their own unique beauty to offer. Let your beauty spill forth too!
Limited Edition Prints are available. Check out the time lapse here:
Have you seen the 2013 movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?" I love it so much! In the movie, the nature photographer tells the main character (Ben Stiller) that a snow leopard is called a "ghost cat", so rarely seen that sighting one in the wild is like a miracle.
The message is that the shy, unlikely hero of Walter Mitty, is himself a Ghost Cat. So this painting is for the ghost cats.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.