After leaving art school I went on to own and run a cafe and record label as well work as a curator for over 15 years in various galleries and museums, 8 of which as Chief Curator. I have also written several published articles on art and culture and had the pleasure of exhibiting and selling my art around the world since the age of 14.
After leaving art school I went on to own and run a cafe and record label as well work as a curator for over 15 years in various galleries and museums, 8 of which as Chief Curator. I have also written several published articles on art and culture and had the pleasure of exhibiting and selling my art around the world since the age of 14. My original Paintings can be seen in Galleries around the world.
My Art is primarily acrylic paint on canvas, sometimes integrating ink, cloth, thread and other materials into my work.
I paint paintings & sculpt using epoxy, metal and glass as well as found objects and my old medical supplies.
Life has been my inspiration. Through challenges and surviving seemingly insurmountable odds art has been my outlet and the place I could express that which could not be said. I primarily work in series on themed paintings related to experiences in my life. As a woman of mixed race, a mother, cancer survivor, Bone Marrow Transplant recipient, activist and so much more.
"I feel strongly that this project should not be for profit, no one should profit from death and trauma. Instead I want my work to be one of many voices working toward effective change. My work is about healing. Because of this I paint the paintings for free for the families and donate free prints to them in any amount they need or want. In addition to this when a painting is sold I make a donation to NIWRC (National Indigenous Women's Resource Center) and often galleries I work with choose to donate as well.
I spent the first two years of the project refusing to sell my work because I wanted to make sure the right thing was done with the money when the work was sold. Since partnering with NIWRC I have begun to allow originals to be available for sale.
What brought me to NIWRC is their work to create effective change through legislation. Often I am asked what good it is to simply raise awareness and if it creates any change. Through working toward legislation organizations like NIWRC work toward creating effective change for Indigenous Communities all over North America." - Nayana
Prints of some of the MMIWG/P Painting Portraits are availabe on the Etsy link below. Families give permission to have the images reproduced in order to keep the project going.