All of my life I have been drawn to the old ways of living. The mountains called; I moved here 40 plus years ago. Living off of the power line, we hunted, raised a big garden, canned and put up all of our meat. After many tries, I learned to tan hides, cook on a wood stove, sew on a treadle sewing machine, and do beadwork.
I have a wonderful family! We shared time and learned together instead of spending time in front of a TV. A lot of time was spent swimming in the creeks, hiking in the mountains, or sitting around many campfires. My family learned how to live with the land. Today, my life hasn't changed much, except we are now on the power line. Our girls have grown up, have their own families and blessed us with 4 wonderful grandchildren. We all still love spending time in these beautiful mountains. I have never taken an art class. I just look at things, see how they are put together and give it a try. I have made many mistakes, but that's how I have learned. Then just let your imagination lead the way!
My Cherokee heritage has always been with me. Sometimes I wonder if that is the very thing that has called me to the mountains and my way of life. I am a member of the Mena Art Gallery, an Elder in the Otter's Drum Circle for 20 years. and an Elder in the Western Cherokee Nation here. My work is available in the Four Winds Trading Post in Mena as well as the Mena Art Gallery.My motto to live by is to: Walk as tall as the trees, Live as strong as the mountains, Be as gentle as the spring rains. Keep the warmth of the Son in your heart and the Great Spirit will always be with you!
If you are a beginning artist, whatever you do, no matter how many mistakes you make... never ever give up. Keep trying! Be faithful to the artistic gift you have been given, and let it grow within your heart and spirit. It will come... it takes practice and patience but it will come... open your heart and mind and let the creativity flow thru you!!!