Latest painting….mix of realism with traditional….what do you think????
Called “Niigig On Ice” or ‘OTTER’ know better lol lol….30″ X 24″
This painting was inspired by both the Group of Seven (and Tom Thomson) and the so-called Indian Group of Seven which was a group of seven native artists who, in 1973, gave birth to the Professional National Indian Artists Incorporation: Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Alex Janvier, Eddy Cobiness , Carl Ray, Joseph Sanchez and Daphne Odjig (who were considered the founders of the Woodland style of Native art). The typical Canadian landscape was based on the original Group of Seven….which was combined with a Woodland style depiction of an otter.
It has been said Otter symbolizes new life and hopefully I did capture that spirit in this mixed-style painting, blending realism and traditional. Niigig is also seen as an important mediator between the land and the water, the physical world and the spirit world, and again I hoped that I depicted him as belonging in all four of those environments.