Painting & MIXED MEDIA

The inspiration for my work comes from a desire to connect my tribe, my family—our past—to the future. I often paint using bold colors and various striping techniques. My work is constantly evolving through experimentation with new techniques and mediums, and portraits “woven” into abstract, timeless backgrounds. Traditional imagery and cultural symbols bring Chickasaw culture to the forefront in my artwork, reminiscent of both the rich history of my people and the story of what it means to be Chickasaw today. Through my work, I hope to encourage interest in the Chickasaw people and a foothold in the global art community. I am inspired by everyday life and the nostalgia it brings, yet the subject of a painting is irrelevant; it is the emotional response to the subject that truly matters.

Website: B.L. Hensley