Framed Art Card - Sunset Summit (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
At the end of a long day’s work, most of us like to sit down on a deck or in a favourite chair and relax. This is a time when we can let go of the burdens of a job and enjoy life. Thoughts wander off as we try not to mull over the day's events. At these times we can reflect on the joys of life, not the pains. Oftentimes, our partners or friends will come out to ask us how our days went. Truthfully, they don’t want to know about our jobs, they simply want to discover how we are doing. It is this sign of caring––these “sunset summits”––that help make life enjoyable.
The other day, I was returning from dancing on Sonora Island and saw this magnificent tree towering above the forest. It was so huge, that it made all the other trees surrounding it tiny in comparison. Nestled on a branch was an eagle’s nest. As the sun was going down, I imagined the eagle and the other birds weren’t that different from us....
In my mind, ravens often visit eagles at the end of the day. They caw out their recollection of the day’s events while the eagles sit and listen. Behind them the sun descends into the horizon, releasing bands of purple, orange and gold into the sky. The eagles and ravens relax on aged spires surrounded by nature’s magnificence and have a sunset summit.
My family carries both of these crests. My grandmother’s father’s crest was the eagle from Fort Rupert. We have the raven as a crest from her Great-grandmother, who was Tlingit. For my Northern brothers and sisters, where marrying the opposite clan is the rule, sunset summits between eagles and ravens are nightly occurrences....
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.