These paintings are created using the iconography of my people the Nlaka’pamux, this canvas represents a face painted with a prayer. Using materials collected and harvested from the land, I am using medicine from the earth for the earth and all that is. These materials include Red and Yellow Ochre collected from through out the interior of BC. The black is created by charing coyote and deer bones and small sprinkle of devils club which is ground up. These earth pigments are then mixed with linseed oil and used alongside conventional oil paints.
Each canvas represents a face.
Many time our rock pictographs, tattooing, face and body paintings were prayers or medicine for the wearer, these paintings take after this practice. They are painted for healing.
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Indigenous Tattoo Portraits
This series of oil paintings highlights figures from historic and contemporary Indigenous tattooing.
This series of paintings is a reformulation of Nlaka'pamux face paintings, pictographs and iconography. These paintings are painted using red ochre and bone black, painted as prayers in the same way some of our face paintings and tattoos were.
In this gallery you will be able to check a selection of the traditional tattoos that I have had the honor of bringing to life using skin stitch and hand poke tattooing techniques. .
Highlights Indigenous people from all walks of life who have inspired and continue to inspire us today as Indigenous peoples.
Contains painted portraits of Indigenous friends, family, clients and colleagues using an expressive realism.
In this gallery features examples of the machine tattooing that I do while at Vertigo Tattoos in Salmon Arm BC or traveling to national and international tattoo festivals.