Now, let me tell you something about Simone McLeod, who is my best friend and a co-writer of this blog.
Simone, born in 1962 into the Name doodem (Sturgeon Clan) of her Mother's People, the Azaadiwi-ziibi Nitam-Anishinaabeg (Poplar River First Nation) of Manitoba, is a versatile artist: not only does she paint, she is also a talented poet and photographer. And not only that, she has the world at her finger tips and I honestly believe she has the capacibility to do anything, practice any art discipline, that she sets her mind to.
Simone descends from a long line of Midewiwin seers and healers and artists from what is now the Canadian province of Manitoba. Her traditional name is Aki-egwaniizid, which can be translated as Earth Blanket. Simone's work, which holds a unique place in the art heritage of her People - and finds its expression through the Native school of the Woodland, or Medicine painters -, has been appreciated by several art collectors and educational and health care institutions from Canada, as well as by art lovers from all over the world.
Simone McLeod's work deals with several various, yet interrelated themes, the underlying leitmotiv being child abuse and domestic violence within First Nations communities. Her paintings and writings, brought together under the trade name Simone McLeod Fisher Star Creations®, have a rare healing quality and they always carry a positive message, emphasizing hope and celebrating educational values and individual accomplishment.
Simone takes pride in creating in her paintings and sketchings and poems a peaceful world in which she and the women and children of her People could live happily. She focuses on humans and animals representing doodem (clan) symbols and describes her sketchings, paintings, and poems as prayers of hope for all.
Simone considers herself a Medicine painter, her artwork testifying of her journey through life and representing the rainbow of people on this planet.
So if you pay attention, you will find that each story that you find on this blog, whether it is written by her, by me, or by us together, will, in some way or another, express, breathe, or radiate this spiritual outlook that she and I so passionately share.