TRIBE: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
MEDIUM: Oil Paintings, Tattoos
LOCATION: Saint John, North Dakota
The Native traditions he practiced as a young man, inspires and motivates Derek's work that is deeply steeply rooted in oral tradition. He creates work that will touch the spirit of not only his generation but for the future generations to come.
Working with First Peoples Fund for two years has allowed Derek to expand his business through advertising on social media and a professional website, generating new sales by showcasing beautifully detailed photos of his work. Giclee prints of his pieces will soon be available for purchase on the site.
"If you have a dream or a vision lets grab it together and make it happen. To me this medium is more than just an artistic expression, it is a leap of faith and a spiritual journey. I take this to heart every time I am asked to tattoo somebody."