Indigenous Artist

in·dig·e·nous        /inˈdijənəs/    adjective: indigenous
originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native. "the indigenous artist"


This is one of the colour pages out of my forthcoming ART JOURNAL BOOK (will be available for download and hard copy): Text and Colour pages based on colour studies done for the 60% Triptych Project. 

This image of mothers, many who watched as their children were taken away by Government People.




Bruce Dog


off horse

Bison with Calf

Bison w calf

White Buffalo Calf Woman (Ptesáŋwiŋ)


sitting bison 1  Sitting Bison w Notes

Guardian wp2

b R U C E    b A R R Y  - Artist      Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.” ― Eugène Ionesco

bear wp 2


full w border

the law


I see the law, in a way, part elephant mixed with an element of eagle.  

The metaphorical eagle looks out about over the people, a symbol asserting that ‘the law’ protects what is "right and just", and also protects the weak and powerless, concerns itself with searching for  "the truth", it guides 'the way' with the light to the world.

When it turns, the law is an elephant, long in memory but not aware of how much weight it stomps around with, and thus has the capacity for ‘not good’, yet like an elephant bound by a political chain, that isn’t really capable of holding it, the elephant stays restrained.


The Healer


 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 Lady


worlf cardwface card
MuskOx slide  



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

gf fhd 

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.  

 Bruce arrow


To see a World in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour.William Blake, opening of his poem 'Auguries of Innocence, what an Artists job is . . . . .

 pic 10

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