This portrait of a Sarsi elder was my very first foray into watercolour.  It worked out to be more fun than I'd anticipated, and marked the beginning of a period of portrait painting in which I tried to capture the beauty of the very real faces of people from around the world.  


This painting was inspired by the photography of Edward Curtis. The Sarci (also called the Sarcee, or as they call themselves: the Tsuu T’ina) are an Athapaskan-speaking First Nations group located in the present-day provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, in Canada. The Sarsi are traditionally hunter gatherers, whose only crop is tobacco. As a tribe they were allied with the Blackfoot against the Cree, who were their traditional enemy, and at whose hands they suffered as a result of raiding parties. 


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