Framed Art Card - Footprints (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
We start our lives relying on the comfort and support of our families. This enables us to flourish and to grow. Soon we are taking small steps. Wobbly at first, we slowly gain confidence until we are able to walk from one end of the room to the other. Eventually we are running outside, freedom in the wind. Behind us, we leave our footprints—proof of our endeavours, proof that we were there.
When we encounter difficulties in our life, our souls reach out for that same support that we had as infants. For the fortunate among us, we can look to our parents or our brothers or sisters, to our spouse or to our children. We lean on them, talk to them and cry with them. We look beside us to see that their footprints are marking the earth with us.
This print is dedicated to all of those that are there to provide support. It is for those who are at the side of the road screaming words of encouragement to finish that marathon. It is for those who raise money for research to find a cure or at least stop the pain. It is for those who are there to provide a shoulder to cry on or a hand to hold. It is for those that have watched their love one win their battle with cancer and it is for those that have had to watch their lives slip away. They have all left their mark and their “footprints” remain.
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.