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Blessings of the Inner Child

Blessings of the Inner Child

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Mark Anthony Jacobson
Edition Size: 140 signed and numbered, 14 artist's proofs, 14 remarques, 2 printer's proofs
Colours: 12 colours
Paper: Stonehenge 245 grams
Paper Size: 71 x 56 cm, 28 x 22 inches
Image Size: 64 x 51 cm, 25.2 x 20.1 inches
Publication Date: 12/15/2011
Published By: Cedar Hill Long House Art Publishing

"This image was an absolute blessing for me to create. The main concept of the story to this painting is that I wanted to celebrate the healing and empowerment for those who have been privileged to reflect upon their own pasts with regard to the pains and struggles that we encounter in our lives. I wanted to express a healthy and strong playfulness with regard to these issues after a person comes full circle in healing these particular wounds of the past.
The painting depict's a childlike figure being surrounded by birds. These birds represent our connection to our environment and in the painting, the birds have picked some berries from the plant being shown to reflect a nourishing and giving nature. The eagle spirit in the head of the main figure is reflective of the search and vision for inner freedom. This piece is a "medicine painting" for those of us (….) who are in need of the spiritual healing which is required with regard to our past experiences. It was and is an honor to share this "medicine" with all our relations."

This limited edition silkscreen print titled "Blessings of the Inner Child" by Mark Anthony Jacobson was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.

Published by Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints.

Mark Anthony Jacobson is a Woodland artist from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, who currently works and lives in British Columbia. A self-taught Aboriginal artist, he discovered at a young age that the Creator blessed him with the artistic ability known as the Woodland Art Movement.

Drawing traditional symbolism from within the subject matter of his Aboriginal paintings, Mark Anthony Jacobson began to realize an energy of x-ray design was materializing in his native artwork. It was the visual language of life creation: the animals, the birds, the fish, the humanity and the energy of the spirit in all that there is in this beautiful universe.

Mark explained his artist talent is an ancestral right, given to the chosen ones by the Creator, and the old ones in the spirit world that seek to manifest their wisdom and experiences through the young apprentices, or disciples of the creative spirit. The ancestors see it all, what your heart is really driven by, Mark explained. Not all Native artists understand this language of the spirit, that there is a responsibility in what you are creating. Some are driven by money, self importance, ego and selfish desires. This is not the way of our native ancestors, the great Ojibway.

“We are about love, hope, faith and charity, that the principles of spirit are the real purpose of why we are all here. To live in harmony with all things is what we are intended to do. To see the oneness of the spirit in all things, in one another. That we all belong to the Creator, that we need to bring out the highest good in one another, this is why I am inspired to paint. We are medicine to each other, now you can be good medicine, or bad medicine, it depends on your motives and desires. The duality of creation is always striving to reveal the oneness in all things. It’s a beautiful process whether you agree or not, it is the way it is. Where there is conflict, there is resolution, it is the nature of creation to teach us at all times.”

Mark Anthony Jacobson has been creating Native art for nearly 30 years, and he says that he is a continuous willing student of the Creator’s ways.

“I love art, and I love being an instrument of creativity, channeling the medicine of my people, for the people. The history of my ancestors, and the message of taking care of our environment and the creation, are really important to me.”