I wanted to tell you about why I was so inspired by the Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies. There is really a deep spiritual connection for me and not many know about it. We don't talk about these kinds of things because they are so personal but if my art is going to be out there I feel it needs to have a deeper explanation than just what people see.......butterflies. I was participating in one of our ceremonies we have here that is called Hanblaceya or Crying for a Vision.
World Wildlife Fund recently visited my studio to discuss my artwork and how I connect to the monarch butterfly through my art and heritage for an upcoming issue World Wildlife Magazine. WWF’s Northern Great Plains communications lead, wildlife photographer Clay Bolt, photographed me at work and several monarchs that are thriving on the milkweed that grows around the studio. I was chosen as one of a select group by WWF to be the “Voice for the Monarch” in their 2017 National