"Each nation is living on our canvas called Mother Earth, each bringing a unique and beautiful color to the pallet we call humanity." - Simone McLeod
Paintings by First Nations Woodland artist Simone McLeod
A selection of Simone's finest work: A series of acrylics on canvas and aquarel paper
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"Creativity can never be taken lightly"
I am Simone McLeod, my doodem (clan) is Sturgeon and my spirit name is Aki-egwaniizid (Earth Blanket). I think that it is important to explain why I have such an interest in subjects that others may find too serious or even heart-wrenching.
I think it is important to see that creativity can never be taken lightly...
I love painting. Each piece causes a certain bit of turmoil as we head to the goal of seeing my vision come to life. If a piece does not torment me, it would lack the life wanting to come out.
I have always been drawing my whole life, I remember as far back as kindergarten when I began to see the beauty in color. In the beginning I painted portraits for I was very intrigued by the eyes of my subjects.
The eyes is where the soul lives and for me to challenge myself to capture a person's essence in the eyes gave me a great sense of accomplishment.
As I got older and issues from my past began to come into focus with the announcement of the Residential School issues, it was then that I found myself on an island of despair. It was then that I started painting eyeless faces. I also started to paint people in situations that I longed for as a child. I found solace in painting children interacting with adults, parents, grandparents, and members of whole communities healing together.
This has been the main focus of my work ever since and it is with heavy responsibility and courage that I keep painting like this. I think that it is important to understand where my inspiration comes from and that is in the form of prayers for the People. For the men woman and children who make up our communities. I love my people and I believe that trough love is where we will find our footing and our strengths once again.
Miigwech, thank you.