New for the holidays: Limited collection of portrait miniatures
Fresh-from-the-easel series emphasizes stylistic headwear
Many of my clients who enjoy my large works ask for smaller pieces to round out their collection or give as gifts.
I have just completed a set of miniature portraits just in time for holiday gift giving. This collection features men from warrior societies with an emphasis on headwear styles.
Both Headdress of Distinction and Profile of Prominence depict Lakota warriors wearing the war bonnet of radiating eagle feathers that is synonymous with archetypal Native American imagery.
Apache and Cheyenne
In Defiance in His Eyes, you see a Chiricahua Apache man with a trade cloth bandanna festooned with an upright hawk feather. Compare this with Stately Cheyenne, where the feather is worn at a downward slant. Historical record shows that the Cheyenne also wore feathers in an upright configuration as well.
Fashion First depicts a Blackfeet warrior with a wool felt hat acquired from a raiding expedition.
Although many tribes would have acquired European style hats, each wearer would put his own cultural spin on the headwear. In Fashion First, the warrior has embellished the hat with beaver fur and wears the asymmetrical hair wrap (felt on the right side, ermine on the left) favored by the Blackfeet.
In Prestige of the Buffalo, the chieftain has the classic Blackfeet headdress with upright buffalo horns and fur cap.
One of my favorite hair treatments is that of the Crow topknot. I explore two different versions of this in Gaze of Eminence and Soldier of the Crow. Both of these men are wearing neckwear popular with the Plains Indian warrior class: a sizeable bear claw necklace in Gaze of Eminence and a choker of delicate bone hairpipe in Soldier of the Crow.
Also worthy of note are the red trade cloth hair wraps pictured in Soldier of the Crow. Using trade cloth in the hair was a popular fashion of the Crow since they did not employ fur hair wraps like by other tribes.
These paintings are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis
Because there is high demand for my smaller works and to be fair to all interested parties, all eight paintings will be held by my gallery representative, Legacy Gallery and then offered at one time for purchase.
If you are interested in having your name on the possible buyers list, please call Legacy Gallery at 480-945-1113.