I grew up with a Native American Grandpa, Edwin George, who expanded my mind with beautiful and mysterious Cherokee narratives connecting people to animals and the enormous expanse of nature. In his soft-spoken voice I often witnessed him converse with the animals.

Once he put his cheek to the floor of the living room, and in Cherokee whispers, he asked the ants (who were forming a line) to leave, and they immediately obeyed. When he taught himself to paint, stories and symbols flowed from his mind and heart to the canvas, and I was mesmerized by the crowd of color, pattern and detail, and how it all wove into a story. I always wanted to know the meaning of every single thing. He used letters from the Cherokee language, which is now hardly spoken, to form design elements in his colorful and busy narratives.

Now I am grown, and I have complex stories of my soul that I need to express. I no longer worry about the exact meaning of every image, and instead let the narrative unfold naturally. The figures in this painting represent my physical and artistic heritage, trials and complexities, and the evolution of my own articulate and distinctive children as they become the next generation.

    - Janis Mars Wunderlich

Her Heritage

Available in an unsigned open edition, printed with archival inks on medium-weight photo paper. Also available in a signed & dated limited edition, printed on heavy-weight & acid free premium 100% cotton Platinum paper, crafted by the Canson & Arches mills in France. Limited Edition prints come with a certificate of authenticity which includes the artist’s in-depth description of the work. Limited edition size: 100.

20″H x 16″W print of original 30×24 acrylic painting
Open Edition Print $60.00
Limited Edition Print $100.00

All prints are printed on 22″x17″ stock to provide a white border around the image for future matting and framing. Original painting may be available for sale. To purchase prints or to inquire about purchasing the original painting, use the contact button below.

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