Noted in the past for his vibrant clay wall masks, the artist has recently created multimedia soft sculptures – his own, artistic niche – with brilliant results, as you can see.
This decorative fellow is a buffalo, iconic animal of the Great Plains, that provided meat, shelter, tools, and more.
Abstract in form, this piece nevertheless conveys the massive bulk of the buffalo.
It is painted with a lively design incorporating crosses, spirals, arcs and zig-zag lines, in a richly earthy palette of colors that suggest the animal itself.
Spirals, and the bands around his body, symbolize water – super good luck in the dry high desert.
The crosses signify prayers that this blessing extends to all four corners of the earth.
His horn is painted on, along with a curlicue that suggests the buffalo’s characteristic beard.
The medicine bundle across his back is tied with bright orange thread, around a roll of buckskin, and ends in a collection of long, natural turkey feathers.
Feathers represent prayers; in this case, in gratitude for the presence of buffalo herds, with the hope they may be protected everywhere, and forever.
A most uncommon and decorative work of art to embellish your wall, by an unusually creative artist.
All ready to hang, and admire.