Monthly Archives: February 2010

Hides from the Spirit – American Indian

Hides from the Spirit, 18 x 24, oil on linen

American Indians painted their faces for decorative purposes and for protection against the wind, sun, snow and insects. Designs of various kinds were used to designate membership in certain societies, to prepare for ceremonies, to mark achievement and to mourn the dead. When used for personal ornamentation there was no guide to the way the paint should be applied beyond the fancy of the wearer or for personal identification.

If a warrior had his face painted when he went on a raid into an enemies camp, he would change the face paint after the raid so the spirits of the dead would not recognize him and follow the warrior back to camp.

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Sacred Power – American Indian

K. Henderson, American Indian, Native american

Sacred Power is oil on linen, 30 x 36.

The image on the shield is the thunderbird. In many legends this bird brings Wind and Thunder with the beating of his wings. Some myths state that the sound of thunder is the sound of spirits warring in the sky.

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Award – Hubbard Museum

Redwing, oil on canvas, 30 x24

I was awarded second place at the Hubbard Museum‘s Biennale Grande in Ruidoso, NM. I didn’t get to attend the opening because of bad road conditions. You have until April 11th to see the exhibit.


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