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    Sea Otter at Play
    [canvas on wo]


    Cree artist Garnet Tobacco grew up in the Prairies, spending his early life in an abusive residential school, running away at 13, living rough in cities, and living off the land in northern Manitoba –hiding from authorities until he was “safe” when turning 18. A lot more living rough followed for many years, but he travelled with Isaac Bignall, who himself achieved distinction for his own Woodland Cree style of art. Garnet learned much in their travels and his art reflects this style, and the powerful sensitivity to the natural world. Though sea otters were not a part of Garnet’s prairie-based living off the land, his love of nature and the creatures therein are evident in his work, no matter what the subject matter. Here Garnet Tobacco has portrayed a sea otter – its lithe body, bright eyes, webbed feet. But most of all, he has captured their movement , the quicksilver nature of their traversing their watery home. This deceptively simple image carries with it a world of beauty and strength, and it has a haunting quality as these marvelous creatures are threatened by many sources. Acrylic on canvas, stretched on a wooden frame. V12” x H16”, frame ½” thick

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