“Living on the Native Oklahoma Reservation” Amber DuBoise-Shepherd

“Living on the Native Oklahoma Reservation”

Amber DuBoise-Shepherd

January 3 – 25

Artist Statement:

My drawings and paintings depict the various spiritual beings interacting with Native American people of today in everyday life. I grew up in a home immersed with my different Native cultures and languages of my mother’s people, the Navajo, as well as my father’s people, the Sac & Fox and Potawatomi. Each being different tribal people our ceremonial practices overlap, and we had to learn to balance our traditions. I use oil paint, pen & ink, markers, and watercolor to show the complicated traditions in a visual way. I use different styles with different mediums, so I can bridge the traditional Native American subjects with more modern contemporary styles. I want to invite the viewer to be a part of my world and see the traditions the way I see them in my everyday life. I want my artwork to reach out and connect with others; to let them know we may be different, but to know we are all human beings. This is what it looks like to be a Native in Oklahoma today.

I have an Associates of Art from Seminole State College and completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spring 2016 at Oklahoma State University. I am currently the Manager of Education and Outreach at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, OK since April 2019. My husband and I finally married in 2018 and live in my hometown of Shawnee, OK.

Image: “Family, Stew, Frybread, and Blessings From The Holy Ones”

Medium: Mixed Media (Watercolors, Pen & Ink, Copic Markers)

Dimensions: 21 x 26

Year: 2018