Which Paintings Are Inspired by Which Tribes?

It's probably the most common question my team and I get... "which tribe is _______?" Or "do you have any paintings that are inspired by _________ tribe?" Often times people are looking for a historical figure from a certain tribe. Sometimes I have to tell people I don't have what they are looking for because the truth is I really just have to paint what comes to me and many times I am inspired to paint the same tribe over and over because that's what I'm most familiar with or I have studied the most, or maybe I just connect to it for some reason.

Also, every painting I create can't necessarily be assigned to a tribe. All my work is part of the human tribe; a sting that connects us all to each other, to nature, to our spirit. My paintings are to remind us of our more primal selves, the connection we can have with the mind, body and soul, if they can be assigned to a tribe that's great. But if they can't, I think that's great too. My art also exists to make you think... what tribe do you think? I want the viewer to tell me what my art means. I learn from what my collectors and fans say my work means to them. I don't always want to make assignments of meaning. 

That said, I know the question remains, and it's a good question. So here is a list of my paintings organized by tribe. Also included in this list is a note as to whether the subject of the painting is a historical figure. If I do not note "historical figure" then the character is imaginary, but is real to me.

 

Algonquin

First American

First American a powerful name for a powerful warrior woman. The piercings and tattoos are a testament to her fearless spirit. Cloaked in the skin of the white wolf she is deeply connected to her animals nature. The feather in her hair represents her connection to spirit and the fearless look in her eye shows the focused mind of a warrior. A powerful person with a powerful totem and a strong spirit. Unified, she owns herself and is capable of anything.

First American is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

 
Arapahoe

Black Eagle

Black Eagle, the Arapaho war chief, wears a ghost shirt and a horned eagle headdress, which signify his prowess in battle and spiritual strength. Painted for battle, he looks straight ahead without fear. A powerful warrior and a leader of his people. He can be relied upon as a protector of his tribe. His powerful totem animal, the Black Eagle, watches over him from above as he goes forth to conquer all who oppose him.

Black Eagle is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Black Feet
Brings Down the Sun

Brings Down The Sun is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Raven Hand

Raven Hand is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Stone Hand

Stone Hand, the Blackfeet elder. He reflects on a lifetime of triumphs and tribulations. Of battles won and friends lost. The keeper of vast knowledge and power. He looks ahead into an uncertain future. Trying to light the way for the generations to follow.

Stone Hand is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Striking Eagle

The Black Feet Warrior, Striking Eagle, descends upon his opponents with the speed and crushing force of the mighty eagle's talon. Ensnaring them in his grasp and rending their flesh and spilling their blood, before releasing his blood curdling war cry resounding in the heavens. His victory is complete!

Striking Eagle is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Comanche
Iron Shirt Historical Figure



Iron Shirt, grandfather of Quannah Parker, he was thought to be invincible in battle and impervious to musket fire. He wore a suit of chain mail beneath his buckskins that he obtained from a Spanish soldier. He met his end while charging an army officer who possessed a high velocity rifle whose bullets pierced the chain mail that iron shirt wore.

Iron Shirt is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Peta Nacona Historical Figure



Peta Nacona took Cynthia Ann Parker the white woman and Comanche captive for his wife. The leader of a band of the great Comanche nation he raised the future Chief Quannah Parker who was the last of the great Comanche chiefs.

Peta Nacona is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Quannah Parker Historical Figure

Quannah Parker is the last Comanche war chief. He epitomizes the spirit of the West. Half Comanche and half white, the son of Peta'Nacona and Cynthia Ann Parker. Quannah rose to power during the last days of the Comanche Empire. A warrior of legendary prowess and a brilliant leader, Quannah Parker was a true legend of the American West.

Quannah Parker is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Cheyenne
Brave Wolf and the Medicine Hawk 
(Historical  Figure)

Brave Wolf had a mounted hawk that he would tie into his scalp-lock and ride into a fight whistling with an eagle bone whistle. Sometimes on a charge that bird came to life and whistled too, when they came close to an enemy in hand to hand fighting. Many mentioned that bird. On the other hand, a man without power of some kind did not go in close that way. He did not dare.

Brave Wolf and the Medicine Hawk is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Light Cloud and The Spirit Bear

Light Cloud and the Spirit Bear is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand Signed Prints
Night Crow

A mysterious figure with an enigmatic name; Night Crow emerges from the shadows to soar upon the wind and conquer his foe. A stoic warrior who exudes an unshakable confidence. He is a powerful individual who owns himself and knows his destiny. Night Crow is the lord of the wind, flying straight on to his ultimate victory!

Night Crow is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Canvas Prints

Roman Nose (North Cheyenne) Historical Figure

Roman Nose is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints 
Crow
Blood Raven

Blood Raven is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Conquering Eagle

Conquering Eagle is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Storm Cloud Wolf

A scout for the Crow People, Storm Cloud Wolf ventures through the bitter cold of winter into enemy terrain. Seeking to discover knowledge vital to the survival of his people. A scout's word must be iron, as the future of his people depends upon the truth of his word. A scout is an often overlooked figure, but nothing could be more crucial to the survival of this tribe. He blends perfectly with his surroundings and moves silently in the pursuit of his objective. He will succeed or die.
Storm Cloud Wolf is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand-signed Prints 
Canvas Prints
Fictional 
Black Hand

The empty-handed warrior who defeated an armed opponent and took his weapon for his own, looks into your soul without fear of death. He has laid his life on the line against many a battered and bloodied foe. Thus, earning himself the fearsome name of Black Hand.

Black Hand is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Blood Horned Antelope

Blood Horned Antelope is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Blood Hand Bear

Blood Hand Bear, the Shaman who is both a warrior and a healer, looks resolutely into the heart of the observer. He has endured unimaginable physical trials to step into his great power. The bear is among the most fearsome of animals and is also a great source of healing to those who understand its ways. An iron will, combined with a powerful body and spirit, makes for a complete human being. 

Blood Hand Bear is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Brings Them to the Light

Brings them to the light is a powerful sun dance chief, whose eagle feathers are brought to life through his great spiritual strength. Leading the way for seekers or the light.

Brings Them to the Light is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Fire Sky

Fire Sky, The woman warrior who shatters the silence with her deafening war cry. Her paint is a symbol of protest and remembrance for all the missing and murdered native women. A fearless warrior, she stands tall for all that is true and good in the world. A sacred woman and keeper of knowledge and wisdom. Her strength is that of creation itself. Walking in a sacred manner on the true path of life.

Fire Sky is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Ghost Hawk

Ghost Hawk is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Ghost Raven

Ghost Raven is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Ghost Wolf

A spirit warrior blinded in battle with a bear, and scarred for life. He remains a powerful force. Using his remaining senses to the utmost, he is aware of all that surrounds him. He sees with an unclouded heart into the real world, the world behind this one.

Ghost Wolf is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Iron Wolf

Iron Wolf is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints 
Light Path

Light Path, the impeccable shaman travels into the void seeking visions so guide and protect the people. His ancient wisdom is vast and profound. The power that he wields is timeless and primordial. A spiritual warrior with a path of power and light. He is a healer, a teacher, a true master of reality.

Light Path is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Medicine Bear

Medicine Bear is available in the following formats:
Fine Art Prints
Custom Canvas Prints
Hand-Signed Prints
Soul Catcher

A shaman of incredible power. The Soul Catcher travels between this world and the next. Gathering the fragments of shattered souls. Piecing them together and returning them to the bodies of their owners. A healer, a traveler, a dreamer. He is, The Soul Catcher.

This piece was commissioned originally for Joe Rogan. Soul Catcher is a fictional character based on shaman of the past. The skull and snake represent the state of Texas.

Soul Catcher is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints 

Soul Scream

Soul Scream  is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Voice of Thunder

A medicine man sits poised in silent contemplation, focusing his mind to call forth his power, he brings the storm. One who speaks silently, yet whose voice roars like thunder.

Voice of Thunder is available in the following formats:
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Custom Canvas Prints
Hand-Signed Prints
Wolf King

Wolf King is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Hand Signed Prints 
Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Heron
Magua

Magua is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Iroquios
Silent Lake

Waiting calmly for the moment to strike, Silent Lake prepares himself for battle. He settles his heart and focuses his mind. He has prepared himself physically with a lifetime of warfare, his endurance is strong, he is one with life and death. Whatever comes his way he will face it resolutely, fearlessly. His path is that of a warrior, for his people, for his honor. This is his place in the world, it is where he belongs.

Silent Lake is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Lakota
American Horse
Historical Figure

American Horse is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
                        
Black Bird
Historical Figure

Black Bird is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Blood Wolf

The red road is the noble path we strive to walk in life. The color white represents the cardinal virtue of wisdom. The warrior wears these symbols to embody the true path of the human being and the quest for knowledge and understanding. Blood Wolf is a warrior in the deepest sense of the word. Focusing not on the mere defeat of a physical enemy but victory over the true enemy, which lies within.

Blood Wolf is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Blue Wolf Rising

A proud and stoic warrior, Blue Wolf Rising, stands tall in the face of adversity. A hunter, a provider and a defender of his nation. Hid deep connection to his culture is apparent, as is his commitment to the survival of future generations.

Blue Wolf Rising is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Crazy Horse
Historical Figure

Crazy Horse, the visionary chief of the Lakota is a figure of legend without equal in the American West. An invincible warrior, unbeatable in battle, the only way to defeat him was with trickery and a despicable act of assassination by the U.S. Army. His legacy is the strength and resolve of a warrior who never capitulated or surrendered. The legend of Crazy Horse will live on forever in the hearts of his people and all who aspire to the best attributes of humanity. Words cannot do justice to the life of the great Crazy Horse. Truly, he stands alone.

Crazy Horse is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Crazy Horse II
Historical Figure

Crazy Horse, the legendary warrior of the Lakota Nation. A fierce and indomitable warrior, yet a humble and quiet man. He fought to the bitter end to preserve his way of life. He was instrumental in the defeat of the 7th Calvary at the Battle of Little Bighorn. He could not be defeated in battle so the army resorted to trickery, and assassinated him in cold blood. He was the epitome of an impeccable warrior and a noble example of how to live an honorable life.

Crazy Horse II is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Ghosts of Wounded Knee

Ghosts of Wounded Knee is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Hand-signed Prints
He Crow
Historical Figure

He Crow was Lakota warrior and relative of Crazy Horse. It was said that he was, "a man who looked for death" meaning that he always rode towards danger and not away from it. He was famous for jumping off a horse onto a running buffalo and slitting it’s throat while clutching around its head and neck. He Crow is somewhat of an unsung and enigmatic figure. This is exactly the right type of subject to paint because it allows the viewer to imagine his life story, character and demeanor. It will definitely be a powerful painting for a powerful individual.

He Crow is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Rain in the Face
Historical Figure

Rain in the Face is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
White Bull
Historical Figure

White bull is available in the following formats:
Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Custom Canvas Prints
Hand-Signed Prints
Mandan
Blood of Eagle

Blood of Eagle is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Mato Topé
Historical Figure

Mato Tope is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints
Pawnee
Petalasharo 
Historical Figure

Petalasharo. The famous warrior and hero who rescued the maiden intended for human sacrifice and returned her to her people. The Pawnee put a stop to this ritual following his heroic deed. A hero of the highest order and a king amongst men. Petalasharo was haled as a brave hero in his day. This painting honors a heroic figure that has been largely forgotten by history.

Petalasharo is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

Thunder Wolf

Painted for war, Thunderwolf prepares himself for a path of bloody revenge. Scalps will be taken, blood will be spilt, victory will be had. All this he knows in his heart. The battle is already won.

Thunderwolf is available in the following formats:
Custom Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Canvas Prints
Hand-signed Prints

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