I am an Oneida Artist from Wisconsin specializing in watercolors. I have worked with Native American subject matter and ideas for over thirty years. My painting style has been referred to as “magic realism”. I use a very controlled watercolor style, which is often mistaken for airbrush. Applying this style to my subject matter results in a peculiar mystical quality.
I like to explore stories and traditions from my own Woodland culture. I often translate traditional Iroquois beadwork designs into patterns and borders in my paintings. I also try to use the traditional meanings of different designs in creating each piece.
My heritage is an important part of my work. I am a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, one of the six Nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), and belong to the Turtle Clan of that tribe. The turtle, therefore, figures in all of my paintings, either prominently or, in some cases, hidden, but always present. Its symbol, signifying long life and creation, has become my trademark.
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