Framed Art Card - Breath (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
It’s such a simple act, we are rarely even aware of the presence of our own breathing. In some ways we take it for granted. We pollute our lungs with toxins and occasionally give them respite in the sweet air of our natural environment. For many, it is not until things go wrong that we start to take note and count how many breaths we have left. The sudden awareness of one’s own mortality demands us to savour each coming breath as a gift.
This print is dedicated to all of those who strive for that next breath. It is for those that force themselves to swim those endless laps in the pool to complete their final brick before Ironman. It is for those that push themselves to their absolute limit where their legs feel like they’re going to fall off, their heart feels like it’ll beat out of their chest and their lungs sear and gasp for another breath. It is for those that have been diagnosed with cancer and will not take this as a death sentence. It is also for those individuals who are there to support loved ones when it is time to take their last breath. To all of you, breathe deeply and relish this gift of life!
“Breath” was created to aid in the fundraising efforts of Ironcops for Cancer, a team of police officers and civilian members who raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society and compete in Ironman Canada every second year. Partial proceeds from the sale of this print will be added to the Ironcops for Cancerdonation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
About The Artist
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. in 1972 and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master's degree in anthropology. Andy feels that my artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn't until 1990 when He started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of m Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.