Chief Satank (Quiet Sitting Bear)
Mixed Media: Pastel, Contel Pastels, Colored Pencil
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What I see in my mind’s eye I try to identify and paint with, spending time with mixing color, studying contrast and darks and lights. The lines come last. I started painting with my mother, early in life – handing her the “right” brush as she taught me, then giving her paint colors and finally applying the paints to create a work of art. This teaching has established the foundation for my work and I have utilized this training, along with my own experimentation and education as I emerged as an artist as a young man. My choice of media mainly includes acrylics, but I do love to work with graphite, pen & ink, and watercolors, as well. Sketches done with a combination of paint and colored pencils often germinate ideas for larger paintings.
This Native American artwork was inspired after I attended a Native American pipe ceremony. I didn’t know who Chief Santank (Quiet Sitting Bear) was or anything about him. I just felt inspired to create this art work when I saw the actual photograph from the late 1800’s. During my time working on the artwork I had very strong impressions of healing, strength and determination. When I broke away from the photo reference I got lost in what I felt was a spiritual feeling inside the actual lines and colors of this work.
I always had an appreciation for the Native Americans and their deep respect for the land and a love of every form of life. Hunting was their way to survive and their love goes as deep as thanking the spirit of the animals and plants before eating them. Native Americans have lived in harmony with nature and did not abuse the natural world. Later I found out Chief Santank was a prestigious Kiowa warrior and medicine man.
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