"WIA HUNSKA, TALL WOMAN"---This piece was finished about three days before my wife was called home to heaven on May 1st,2018. I was working on this piece for about three months. I had the basic sketch done but finishing was difficult. As I was finishing it, deep down I knew the day for my wife to go home was getting closer. That may be one reason why it took me so long to finish it. I thought maybe if I don't finish it my wife will remain with us longer. This was the first piece I was not able to show my wife. Every piece I done before I was always excited to show her. She was my strongest supporter and my strongest critic. Not being able to show this to her was hard. I tried to capture all the qualities of womanhood in this piece. Geri was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. In this piece the woman is bowing, showing respect and honor. The eyes are closed signaling she is in prayer. The lips are closed with a slight smile signaling things will be okay, Her hair is braided which has a deep spiritual meaning to the earth. A few strands are left loose and blowing in the wind signifying change. The ploom located on the right side of the woman's head, tells other people that she is married. The eagles are shown ascending upward toward heaven with Geri's Lakota name and English name on the wings. As a child Geri's grandmother called her "Wia Hunska" which means Tall Woman. Geri sure lived up to her name. The words on the third eagle is a prayer Geri would often say. The fourth eagle is left blank. That eagle represents "us" when we make our journey home. The pink star represents all those who have fought, are fighting or who will be fighting cancer.
This canvas print is sure to make a statement in any space. It's hand-stretched on a poly-cotton blend canvas with a matte finish coating.