Giizhig Aanikanootaagewinini

The great artist is the simplifier. Vincent Van Gogh

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E:    Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.” ― Eugène Ionesco----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



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I made time to do this painting on the Bull Riding Vest of WYATT HOWSE.  This 21 year old Champion Bull Rider has been riding for a number of years, placing at 14 years of age in the top.  He is the son of KEVIN HOWSE, a well known Bull Rider who trained Wyatt on a 'barrel' hung in the back yard.  I have painted clothing for film and TV, this is an extension of that.  [Ink Brush, Acrylic, Varnish on Leather]

OTHER IMAGE:  This is another image that I did as a suggestion.  These sketches are approved and then I put gesso on the leather, and draw out the image in ink with a brush, and then paint, and things change as it progresses.

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BONUS STORY:  When I was in Japan a few years ago doing some film/art stuff, I was explaining Rodeo to our Japanese host, and he gave me this 'you are bullshitting me look' [in the most polite Japanse fashion], so we went on YouTube and I showed him 'STEER WRESTLING' (yes, they gallop alongside a running steer with horns, and then 'JUMP OFF THEIR HORSE' onto the running steer, and wrestle it to the ground with their bare hands), and BULL RIDING : he said nothing for about two minutes, then turned to me and said "Bruce, those are real live mad Bulls!  Large and most mad!"   So I was happy to make time for Wyatt, if he has the courage to ride bulls, I ought at least have the courage to put unremovable paint and brush to his Kevlar Vest . . . .

 loon painting       Best June 06

NOTE: if you go to 'free stuff', you can print a card out with each of these paintings with envelope - FREE.

Red LadyGuardian wp2

bear wp 2

worlf cardwface card
MuskOx slide  


2 headed   4 eye self

Two Headed Raven Commission in process.  (Gouache, wasp nest, canine hair, acrylic, ink, home made medium on Paper and adhered to Medicine Box.

 wp Apr2019Woodpecker 2


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DIPTYCHS for couple - concept is interwoven lives and shared growth.

(Gouache, acrylic, wasp nest on hand made paper)

Mark 1        Mark 2

Red Necklace

Red Necklace

Red Deer BEST

New 'Art Echo' added to Silhouette Project

foster kids

This art echo came from discussions with adults who had 'aged out of care' and mentioned in passing, like it was normal, about having to wear a swim suit when having a bath in some of their foster homes on the theory it would discourage molestation . . . .

Click here for deconstruction of image


This is a commission I did for the University of Calgary for their 2018 holiday card.  A deconstruction of it is on the Gizhe-Manidoo page here.


'Norman the Bison" [Dec/2018]

Norman 2


This is my response to the SIXTIES SCOOP (Nov2018)

"The Sixties Scoop refers to a practice that occurred in Canada of taking, or "scooping up", Indigenous children from their families and communities for placement in foster homes or adoption. Despite the reference to one decade, the Sixties Scoop began in the late 1950s and persisted into the 1980s."

This is a 'colour sketch', which are used to show the concept for a larger painting/sculpture, as opposed to going to the expense of stretching a canvas of the final size (approx $300.00), spending the month or so of doing the painting and then marketing it . . . this sketch is 7 x 9 inches.

half breed

(NOTEI have been commissioned to take this colour sketch to a canvas 4 feet across. [Dec2018]): I am also going to add (at the suggestion of a friend), a 'discount bin' for 'special needs Indigenous kids' . . . . why?  If you have ever dealt with 'Child Welfare' directly or via a family member, that will make a lot of sense to you.

Bruce arrow

Bird 1 

Bird 2


 This short 30 second film was done as a break in the studio where I have been working on owls.  An owl is a night bird, nocturnal in behaviour and temperament.  The European Settlers brought with them their beliefs that owls were witches - more colonization of Indigenous culture.  

Owls are for us Indigenous people, bringers of prophecy, wisdom and helpfulness.  They are also keepers of secrets, as they fly silent and even the deepest secrets surrender themselves to this night witness. They see much of the real world, the imperfections in humans, yet they remain nonjudgmental creatures these - they are part of the face of Creator present.

[fine art archive quality prints 20″×16″ available]


Working on right eye of Guardian 

enhanced picture of forehead of GrandFather Bear Painting

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TEEPEE Paintings are Canvas mounted on wood panel


TP #16



 Owl finalMoose Label

This is a piece I did in Woodland Style - note on this style and how to 'read' a painting done in woodland style can be read by clicking here.  





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