Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Ethnic, Traditional
white pine plywood
What was your inspiration?
As an artist I try to find a deep meaning and inspirational theme for each art piece that I do. With having grown up in the Black Hills of South Dakota I have a natural interest in the culture of the American Indians. Also being a student of history, I have come to understand the basic theory of conquest and the treatment of those deposed. The plight of the Nez Perce Indians is not much different than so many nations before it or after. It is a sad and shameful part of Americas history as a nation. The part of this tragedy that has affected me so much as an individual were those words that Chief Joseph spoke I will fight no more Forever For such a great warrior and leader of his people to be driven under the heel by his pursuers makes my heart weep. I could think of no better way to honor such an outstanding individual, than to create this art piece. For my life I will always have those words of sadness etched into my memory I Will Fight No more Forever may your spirit sore with eagles forever.
What are you most proud of?
This art piece came together better then I had originally planned. It was one of the best portraits that I have done so far.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The composition of an art piece like this takes a lot of careful thought and planning. Put the proper time into it, and the piece will turn out great.