I was commissioned to paint 3 full size authentic style tipis. The 18 foot canvases were shipped in from Montana.
Months were spent researching tipis. They were originally made from buffalo hides. My goal in painting the actual tipis were to have them look like they were made from skin when illuminated at night.
There are 3 tribes represented, The Comanche, the Apache and the Souix. Not all tribes used images on their painted tipis but rather symbols. The Comanche Indians were a tribe who used primarily symbols.
Each painted tipi was true to the tribe for which it represented. The colors used for the painting was gleened from viewing Native American clothing artifacts in various museums,
Entrance Gate - Texas Ranch
It was exciting to receive a call asking if I would be interested in designing an entrance gate for a ranch. Of course I would!
The name of the ranch is "Branch Water". The gate columns are made of Austin Stone to match the estate home. The metal signage is in three layers standing out from the gate. The "branch" symbol was sketched from downed wood from one of our trees. The water symbol is the universal ( as well as Native American) symbol for water.
Once given the dimensions of the entrance gate (leaving 15 feet of height for commerical vehicle to be able to access the property) I set to work on designing my ideas into metal. The metal was cut using a laser (this was resourced to a metal company). Then, the metal company who constructed the gate assembled the metal. I went to the steel company to measure out the distance between the symbols in my design. It was an amazing experience to see the metal hoists lifting the metal that once existed only in my mind. The gates came out beautifully.