I incorporate Northwest Indian symbols into a great deal of my painting as an expression of my own life-long and continuing enthusiasm for the Northwest. The totem signs, which I incorporate and sometimes use to build a painting, immediately identify the Northwest coast and also represent a human element. Totem symbols echo spirit images from a past when for only a short period, a very small island in time, a tribe of people achieved a high degree of design refinement in expressing their ideas.
Northwest artist and graphic design instructor, taught at Burnley School of Professional Art & Art Institute of Seattle from 1960 - 2010. His work was shown in many Northwest galleries throughout his career.
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