The Native American Dancers are the most beautiful thing ever. Their culture was a very beautiful thing. We were all hunters and warriors and gatherers before the wheat revolution about 10,000 years ago. For a hundreds of thousands of years or more we whites had lived our lives much like the Native Americans did. I wonder if our way of life was torn from us abruptly and condemned in much the same way. My studies about the Native American Culture have revealed a past that we were not informed of in school. The more I found out about what really happened the more I realized why some artwork would not be taken lightly by some people. But that does not stop my fascination or desire to do artwork with the native american theme. I love to do pictograph style artwork and I love to make paintings of Native Americans on leather. I stopped doing the pictograph style work – But I still want to do portraits of Native Americans on leather and waiting to find the right way. While doing artwork I want to feel comfortable with what I am doing and that would mean I need to get permission in some way. If your a Native American and want a nice portrait of a family member on leather – I would very much like the to do that. I invision making a 16 x 20 x 3″ pillow style wall hanging out of leather with a portrait on it. whoever I paint I want to know its ok by the family members of whom I am painting. In the past I did not get permission but only out of ignorance. The more I learned about what actually happened the more I realized that things are not right. What can be done ? what can make the healing begin ?
I like to use artwork from that great painters and photographers of the past I use their work as under-paintings. I have learned much about layout and design by doing this. I am always looking for great images to paint from and I collect them. One day I will do more paintings of my own. The Elk on mosquito Creek was from a place near Teton Village this is all created by me.