Why Paint a Buffalo? American Bison

February 9, 2016 at 3:28 am Leave a comment

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For twenty years my mother made paintings inspired by the cave art of Lascaux and Chauvet. Looking at the remarkable outlines of bears, elk and bison, I wondered why our ancestors of 40,000 years ago exaggerated the features they did.  I looked at the animal
with a new curiosity.

As a child, I used to see them live, roaming through the plains of North Dakota. They were big, rough, hairy, prehistoric looking beasts.  They were also the powerful stampeders herded off cliffs by Native Americans in the pages of National Geographic. That magazine was our window to the exotic outside world, when TV only offered four black and white stations.

Those paintings of hunting scenes made me sad for everyone, man and beast alike. These fleeting images float through my mind as I paint.

Current conservation efforts by many American Indian nations are reestablishing healthy bison population and reclaim and important part of their history.

 

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AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates

I started this blog intending to write about the creative art's health and healing potential. Having been around art all my life, I thought I knew a lot about Art Therapy. But the more I read, the more fascinated I became, and the more I realized how little I knew. This blog is about my journey from full time artist to student at Southwestern College to Art Therapist... and whatever happens along the way.

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