In Fall 2015 I was a recipient of the 2015 Native Creative Development Grant from the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State College Olympia, WA.
My objective for the grant was to create 6 new works, large scale to medium sizes. they were to open a unifying bond between Native landscapes and Nations, to cross paths and parallels that have similarities with one another. As I was new to the Pacific Northwest area in 2015 I wanted this project to be an introduction of my work and myself as a native artist for the community of the PNW. If funded This project would take three months to complete, with a showing of the new work in spring of 2016. I completed 6 New Paintings with the help of the NCD grant and was able to get them done by Spring of 2016 in the Seattle/ Wallingford studio. Although I've since moved from Seattle my year of living there introduced to me an abundance of beauty and a better look and understanding of Coast Salish Artwork and Art from the PNW. I was introduced to many people from the native community of Seattle and neighboring tribes of the PNW, specifically being active in attendance with Daybreak star center and events. Because of my short time in Seattle I was unable to fulfill one entity of the proposal which was to show the work in entirety to the Native Community of Seattle, although I did get to show one piece at the Longhouse 20th anniversary Exhibition in spring 2016, my proposal fell short and changed in regards to evolving. However I did show all the Paintings in entirety in Santa Fe at BlueRain Gallery during August Indian Market, along with fellow BlueRain Artist and Pacific NorthWesterner Preston Singletary, with that pairing of works the exhibition carried a PNW feel and gave thanks and honor to inspiration and communities in Washington but also bringing that community to New Mexico and let all people, non native and native see and experience what inspired us, to an otherwise oblivious community that might not get to travel there. So I feel the project moved forward in a new way but effective way, where more eyes could see what my work was about. I still would like to get the work up to Seattle though and have a show there..