Native American born and raised in Oklahoma. Culture of the Ponca and Otoe Missouria tribes of Oklahoma. Member of the Ponca tribe. Father was Otoe Missouria (Buffalo clan) and Mother was a member of Ponca tribe and of the (Blood Clan). She was a granddaughter of Horse Chief Eagle, great grand daughter of White Eagle.
Having started painting early in life at the age of 14, my love for art continued to grow as I did. I was never told you can't do that. I was always encouraged to paint. My schooling involved watercolor artist (now retired) Gene Dourghty Northern Oklahoma Jr. College Tonkawa, Okla. The Late Dr. Richard West Sr. at Haskell Indian Junior College. Dr. West played a much bigger influence on my life with his teaching techniques, stayed with me all my life.
Today I paint on a tablet and use a pen. Even though it is digital art, everything I do is still hand painted like the old fashioned way. I merely traded my paint tools in for a digital pen and tablet. I don't use any "paint over programs" which only transfers a photo into a painting style like Monet or Van Gogh. Many hours go into each one of my paintings. Sometimes even months. No shortcuts.
My work has progressed to a point where I now offer photo restoration for old photos torn, cracked, faded or washed out. Contact me for more info.
My Grandmother was of the Owl clan, and a Medicine woman. She helped heal people from everywhere. I always think about her when I paint Owls. She had a very big influence on me, I learned how to be kind to everyone, and everything in Nature. I am very mindful of what God has given to us. The four seasons, the four directions, the four elements fire, water, air, and earth. How everything has a place in this world, and must be respected.
I am a father of four wonderful children. Three sons, and a daughter. My wife is the single most influence of my art. She is my best critic, and she keeps me on my toes. I pretty much needed that!
I will be adding more paintings as I go.
If you have a question please feel free to send me a message in the contact link.
Thank you for looking, Sid Armstrong