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I live and work in an idyllic mountain side setting on the Flathead Indian Reservation where I have called home for many years. Living here gives me an abundant source of potential Native American models and the incredible beauty of the awe inspiring landscape that surrounds me. I love painting children because of their innocence, their genuine, honest, and spontaneous response to life.

My focus has been to portray the domestic life of the early and pre-reservation- era of the Plains and Plateau Indian where I discovered the fascinating and exquisite bead and quill work that was used to decorate their clothing, every day items, and other regalia. It gives me the opportunity to honor their artistic expression while I portray them in my own works of art.

For accuracy`s sake and in order to convey realism I have spent countless hours researching, collecting reference and museum books on early Native American life and visiting museums to photograph their exhibits.

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