Mother Nature inspires me because there is so much to be offered from the Earth. More than just materials, there are the plants and medicine. It is an awesome feeling, to be among the land and mountains untouched and trees that so pure. I look at elders’ hands and see what they have gone through in their lives, in the hides they’ve tanned and moose they have harvested. It was a very simple life and that is the way it should be.
I like to bring different things into my work and into the community. My art varies but I always put all my energy into whatever I make. I create beaded earrings, necklaces and baby belts. I etch glasses with northern designs. I am also focused on birch weaving and getting back into porcupine quilling. When I work, it is my quiet time to reflect on life and that is just the way it has always been for me.
The best thing about making art is that it comes from my own hands. It doesn't come from a factory. I create art for the elders because they taught me so much on the land. My grandparents raised me and taught me to listen and learn so it feels like my journey, to learn as much as I can and then go and teach what I have learned to anyone with the will.