Winder, Kwani Povi – “Deer Dancer I” Oil and Linen (8″ x 12″)
This is a traditional oil painting by Kwani Povi Winder. It has vibrant colors, deep emotions, and loose brushstrokes. Kwani seeks to explore her Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa heritage through painting and draws on her religious beliefs when developing and painting a native figure. Through her paintings, she seeks to preserve, share, and educate about her unique heritage. The piece is entitled, “Deer Dancer I”. It is a side view of a Santa Clara Pueblo Deer Dancer. He has evergreens and antlers as the headdress. The sticks he holds in his hands represent the front legs of the deer when it is walking. In-person, the Deer Dancers are elegant in movement as they aim to capture the walking and prancing of the deer in nature. Beautiful composition and coloration. The piece is perfectly framed as seen in the photo.