Lois' tribute to the Native People of the Canyons.
The first time I ever saw the canyon's out west, was a family trip with my husband Bob and two daughter's Rebecca and Taryn, many years ago. I was struck by the vastness of the quiet beauty in those rocks, and the amazing color palate that was everywhere. Just walking around in the early morning light you could see the faces of the native people in the shadows of the rocks and caverns. There was a sense of permanence and history like I had never felt before in the outdoors. After seeing the cliff dwellings, and their paintings of life on the canyon walls, our family decided to gather rocks of different colors and research how to make paint from them. It became a science project and a lesson for the girls in using the resources around you. I decided to depict a Native Chief as though he was part of that canyon wall, with his feathers being the striations in the layers of rock, and his facial features being the shadows of what once was. The stick weaving on his headdress depicts the resourcefulness and the sensibility of using and finding beauty in what is around you. It was a wonderful challenge, and it took me a while to get to this place. I am so looking forward to the reveal today, I am sure it will be amazing and filled with lots of creativity!!!!!