Kay WalkingStick, the Cherokee painter, focuses on the American landscape and its metaphorical significances not only to Native Americans but also to all of our citizenry. The varied rendering of landscape in WalkingStick’s art is the thread that weaves together the many painterly directions her art has taken over the last 50 years.

“The landscape sustains us physically and spiritually. It is our beautiful corner of the cosmos.”—Kay WalkingStick

About the Artwork:

“The drawing was made in Rome, Italy. I spent extended periods in Rome in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2003. While in Italy, I sketched the Italian Alps as well as the classic sculpture and painting. In ‘98 I also had the honor of closely examining an Aztec Codex in the Vatican Library. I was seeing figurative art everywhere, as well as admiring the landscape. The Alps are different in appearance from our Rockies, but they were nevertheless sacred to their original inhabitants and like all mountains embody chthonic energy in their skyward thrust.”