Noted for paintings and sculpture, but especially for his sculptural fetish bears, Mark grew up surrounded by the art of his father, acclaimed painter Patrick Swazo-Hinds.
While still in his teens, Mark began to develop his widely acclaimed artistic path of carving award-winning stone fetishes.
He tries to maintain historical customs, practices, and rituals through his traditional stone carving methods.
This tile is a non-traditional, two-dimensional, representation of his sculptural fetish bears.
This tile is made from Texas Limestone with a nicely carved and colorfully painted bear, smoothed, but not polished.
Bears are the top of the animal food chain and are honored by almost all tribes for their protective strength, and survival and hunting abilities.
The bear’s simplicity is contrasted with the exuberant eruption of painted feathers that decorates its back.
The feathers are attached to a carved length of deerskin, painted with turquoise stripes and multi-colored designs.
This unique fetish tile is a triumph of talent, tradition, and artistic skill, by an internationally collected, prize-winning artist.
Enjoy its beauty, as it protects your household.