Totem Art


As we work to develop our talents, we find ways not only to strengthen our weaknesses, but to define ourselves.  All men are not necessarily created equally, but we are all given opportunities and talents.  It is up to us to decide how we will develop what we are given.  As many of you know, I like art (obviously).  I don’t think I am any better at it than the next guy, but I do think I am better at it than I was a year ago, or probably even better than I was yesterday, and the day before that.  For me, it is not necessarily the skills that drastically increase, but the systems I develop.  In the beginning I was drawing, painting, and sculpting anything that looked or appealing to me in my mind.  The result was not necessarily fine art.  The problem was that I would have under developed processes.  Each style or medium I would work in would really be under developed because I had done it only a time or two.  Eventually I knew that I would need to choose a style that I could attach and devote myself to.  It wasn’t until a year or so ago that I would fall into the style I would choose to perfect.  That being said, the perfection process has only begun.  I am only starting to take steps towards the art I imagine in my head.  It is really like having to learn a new language.  You know what you want to say, but you can’t always find the words, the structure, or the courage to really express yourself.

Having been raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have always had a fascination with the art of the indigenous people of the region.  From the totem poles to the plankhouses, these natives have become masters of their art, creating a perfect blend of art and life.  They have found a way to express their people, their spirituality, their courage, and the unity that bonds them to each other and the world they live in.  Their art is symbolic of who they are and their place in the world.  It is not created for galleries or auctions, but to truly express themselves humbly.

Recently I decided that I would continue to develop my skills through a study in the art of the Pacific Northwestern Natives, specifically the totems that they create.  Although my goal is to create art that pulls inspiration from the art of the Pacific Northwest, I still want this series to tell my story and further assist me to define my style and process.

I will continue to update the site as the series continues.  I am excited to discover and learn as I continue to explore this new inspiration.

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