Work: Downtime is a Misnomer

Work: Downtime is a Misnomer

I work a seasonal position at the Sheldon Jackson Museum (SJM), May 1 – September 30. I thought that would be ideal for getting lots and lots of artwork done. Not quite that easy! I co-teach 3 classes with the Rural Human Services (RHS) Program in...
Art and Ego, or Please “Like” Me

Art and Ego, or Please “Like” Me

Does inspiration for art come from some sacred place? Am I driven by my art, or is my art driven by me? In the latter, is that simply my ego suggesting that I should take credit for the source of my creation? And does that get in the way of true inspiration? Can my...
Art, Culture, and Living in Two Worlds

Art, Culture, and Living in Two Worlds

That line between two worlds is becoming blurred in the sense that we Natives live in the global, modern, technological, achievement-oriented 21st century world. On the other hand, we are responsible for defining and determining our cultural identity, traditions,...
NW Coast Formline and Printmaking

NW Coast Formline and Printmaking

I’ve stated before my love of teaching our Tlingit formline design. I teach about the uses of our art as clan crests. I teach about the basic rules in order to start designing within this art style. I try to make it interesting, meaningful and fun. So I was...
Killer Whale Tsaagweidi Painting

Killer Whale Tsaagweidi Painting

Killer Whale painting I did 10 years ago which the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage purchased for their collection. Earlier this year, I began painting a little larger scale. I find myself putting in just as much detail as my smaller paintings though, as you...