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As a kid, I was captivated by Native Americans. I read about them and studied them. At age 14, I read “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”. The book broke my young heart for the people impacted by the devastating events. But nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced six years ago when I visited Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Poverty, hurt, despair, hopelessness were everywhere. The brokenness I was personally dealing with connected with the brokenness of the place and the people. And yet in the middle of all this hurt and despair, I found a beauty and a sliver of hope that has been my inspiration.
When I returned home from that trip, I picked up a pen and a piece of watercolor paper and sat down and drew a Golden Eagle. I had not drawn in 20 years. But something amazing happened. The drawing someone captured my heart for the Lakota people.
I am focusing my art work and the book as a way to advocate for the beauty of the Lakota culture. I am deeply inspired by the prairie, the Black Hills and the Lakota people. My art features wildlife and Lakota symbols and people. I go to great lengths to research the subjects of the painting and the symbols and stories that are integrated into the piece of art. The Lakota share a connection with all of creation while still maintaining a single Creator of all things. I admire this greatly and hope that my book and artwork reflects this connection.
KEEP HOPE ALIVE is a Picture book for children and adults. Told in the tradition of Native American story tellers, KEEP HOPE ALIVE chronicles the Journey of Liitle Mouse. The book speaks to endurance, self-sacrifice, purpose and above all-Hope. The book is filled with full-color illustrations and a story that captures the hearts of children… [Read More]
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