“These paddle designs incorporate motifs of both the Salish and Māori, connecting and hopefully mirroring the commonalities of our cultures. Our mutual respect for our ancestral heritage, our Mother Earth, and all life that is a constant part of us, is a link that we share and pass on to each new generation. In this design (hammerhead shark intersecting with salmon motifs), my attempt at Māori imagery is only symbolic and respectfully serves as a welcome motif—the origin and proper interpretation of this important design rightfully belonging to the domain of the Māori experts.”
Coast Salish (Musqueam)
Susan began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.
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