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ARTIST STATEMENT

My drawings and paintings depict the various spiritual beings interacting with Native American people of today in everyday life. I grew up in a home immersed with my different Native cultures and languages of my mother’s people, the Navajo, as well as my father’s people, the Sac & Fox and Potawatomi. My mother and father taught us our culture and spiritual ways. Each being different tribal people our ceremonial practices overlap, and we had to learn to balance our traditions. We learned of our legends and stories, as well as learn how to give offerings and to be thankful for things we have and do in our everyday lives. The way it was told we heard of giant beings called Yei’s (Navajo spiritual being) and Manitou’s (Sauk & Fox spiritual being), and the teachings associated with them are passed down through generations. I use oil paint, pen & ink, markers, and watercolor to show the complicated traditions in a visual way. I am influenced by artists like Baje Whitethorne Sr and his way of creating bright vibrant pieces that depict Navajo life, as well as artist like T C Cannon who creates pieces based on Native American people of his day and combined traditional with modern. I am inspired by Japanese Manga/Anime and American Comics in the way these narrative art forms create a unique visual to tell a story to their viewers. These styles lend themselves in retelling the stories of Native American legends and traditions.

 I illustrate these larger-than-life beings interacting with people in contemporary everyday life. I illustrate things I see in my ever day life and visual show how I interpret the world around me with my Native heritage influences. I use different styles with different mediums, so I can bridge the traditional Native American subjects with more modern contemporary styles.

          I work with old and new in various ways to create a bridge for viewers to see these traditions differently in a visual way. I want to invite the viewer to be a part of my world and see the traditions the way I see them in my everyday life. I want my artwork to reach out and connect with others; to let them know we may be different, but to know we are all human beings. This is what it looks like to be a Native in Oklahoma today.

 

ARTIST RESUME

EDUCATION

2016 BFA, Oklahoma State University
2013 AA, Seminole State College

EXHIBITIONS

2020 Speak: Speak While You Can, Living Arts of Tulsa, OK
2020 Azhwakwa: Contemporary Anishinaabe Art, Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman, OK 
2020 Re/Convening Native Arts in Oklahoma, Ahha Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2020 Momentum OKC 2020, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OKC, OK 
2020 OVAC Concept Exhibition, Ahha Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2020 Solo Exhibition Living on the Native Oklahoma Reservation, TAC Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2019 Solo Exhibition 2019, Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman, OK
2019 Arts Trek 2019 Exhibition, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK
2019 Momentum OKC 2019, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition OVAC, OKC, OK
2019 Stillwater Art Guild’s Spring Show, Stillwater Community Center, OK
2019 Solo Exhibition, Brewers Union Co., Oklahoma City, OK
2018 Solo Exhibition Artwork by Amber DuBoise-Shepherd, Studio112 And A Half and The Gathering Place, Shawnee, OK
2018 Solo Exhibition Tradition Through Modern Eyes, Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK
2018 Solo Exhibition 2018, Main Street Event Center, Norman, OK
2018 Unframed Exhibition 2018, Studio 112 And A Half, Shawnee, OK
2017 Momentum OKC 2017, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition OVAC, OKC, OK
2017 Grand Opening Exhibition 2017, Studio 112 And A Half, Shawnee, OK
2016 Annual Juried Student Exhibition 2016, Gardiner Art Gallery, Stillwater, OK
2016 Fourth Annual Student Union Art Exhibition, Student Union Allied Arts, Stillwater, OK 
2016 Senior Studio Capstone Exhibition, Gardiner Art Gallery, Stillwater, OK
2013 College Art Show and Contest, Seminole Arts Council, Seminole, OK

AWARDS

2019 Best of Show Overall, Cushing Native Fest, Cushing, OK
2019 First Place in Watercolor, Stillwater Art Guild Springs Show 2019, Stillwater, OK
2018 First Place, Second Place, Judges Choice Award from Dana Tiger, Cushing Native Fest 2018, Cushing, OK
2018 Red Earth Emerging Artist Award, Red Earth Festival 2018, OKC, OK
2018 Third Place, Stillwater Arts Festival 2018, Stillwater, OK
2017 First Place, Native American Heritage Festival 2017, Cushing, OK
2016 Best of Show, Native American Heritage Festival 2016, Cushing, OK
2016 Third Place, Annual Juried Student Exhibition 2016, Stillwater, OK
2016 Honorable Mention, Oklahoma State Research Week, Stillwater, OK
2013 Best of Show Color Category Seminole Arts Council, Seminole, OK
2013 Best of Show Black and White Category, Seminole Arts Council, Seminole, OK

ART MARKETS

2020 Red Earth, Shawnee, OK
2019 Fine Art Vendor, Cherokee Art Market, Catoosa, OK 
2019 Fine Art Vendor, Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM (2nd Year)
2019 Fine Art Vendor, Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK
2018 Fine Art Vendor, Cushing Native Fest, Cushing, OK
2018 Fine Art Vendor, Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM (1st Year)
2018 Fine Art Vendor, Firelake Firelight Hot Air Balloon Festival, Shawnee, OK
2018 Fine Art Vendor, Red Earth Festival, OKC, OK
2018 Fine Art Vendor, Stillwater Arts Festival, Stillwater, OK
2017 Fine Art Vendor, Jacobson House of Indian Art, Norman, OK
2017 Fine Art Vendor, Sac and Fox Our Language Festival, Celebrating Algonquin Language and Culture, Stroud, OK
2017 Fine Art Vendor, Indian Territory Art Fair, Jenks, OK
2017 Fine Art Vendor, Cushing Native American Heritage Festival, Cushing, OK  
2017 Fine Art Vendor, Firelake Firelight Hot Air Balloon Festival, Shawnee, OK

 

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