I have finally completed the painting I began at the Federation meeting last week. A couple of days ago I thought it might be complete but I put it aside to look at awhile as something didn't quite feel right to me when suddenly I realized that it just needed some warm colour and now it is finished. The bison is a kind of conglomeration that was inspired by several images...one is the symbol off of a Bison Transport truck which I doodled into my sketchbook as we were travelling north one day, another is the linear imagery of Isaac Bignell and the third is the symbol of the province of Manitoba where I was born and raised:
I love the fact that bison represents abundance and gratitude, blessing and prosperity. There is a traditional story that tells of White Buffalo Calf Woman who came to share that all things are interconnected. She reminded the people that the presence of each one of us impacts others and influences everything around us and with this, there comes great responsibility.