I just recently finished a major piece in my self portrait series. This one was special because it literally helped me close a door on an aspect of my life that wasn't healthy and opened the door to another. It freed me and helped me to understand my heritage and history as well. I literally put my heart into it while painting. But these are often the most important paintings in our paths. They give us the keys to expand what we are doing creatively, spiritually and emotionally. I used a lot of animal medicine in this piece as I was connecting strongly to it. I was also connecting with tiger lillies, a flower I have always seen as an ally. A long time ago in a land far away my nickname was Cree Tiger Lilly.
Work in progress with random leaf nearby.
This piece pushed me to work with other objects like aluminum as the frame. I loved the shape of the piece but something was missing. When I started the metal work it really started to come together as a whole. I aged the metal with a mixture of things that made my housemate say, "What have you done?" But you know, it came out beautiful.