Metis - Atikokan
I chose to do this painting because I feel connected to loons. They are a part of me and I am one of them; a part of nature. Hearing the loons in the evening makes me feel very peaceful when I am at the lake. Hearing the first call in the summer is what I look forward to.
When I found out that the loon was my mom’s totem animal, I decided to make the loon represent her. She just went through cancer treatment and she said she lost touch with the loon and became sick. She forgot to live a more tranquil life and stay connected to nature and nourish herself; her mind, body, and heart.
Now she is nourishing all of us. Going through a scary and draining series of treatments made her rethink what things were important in life. The loon reminds us of the importance of slowing down to enjoy life, nourishing ourselves more naturally, and communicating and enjoying the company of others.
I have been influenced by my mom’s art and her teachings about meanings in art, colours, and techniques. I like to be surrounded by her bright paintings and designs. Mom says they make her happy...just like the loon.