Type of art: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Because of the shape of the strawberry, the strawberry is known as the heart berry. In the indigenous culture, the strawberry is an important food and for its medicinal use. The leaves can also be used as tea. The strawberry provides the connection between mind, body, spirit, and emotions.

Materials: Gambin oil paint on canvas, oak frame

Technique: Painting

Size: 18" W x 18" H

Price: $400
Gordon Coons
ABOUT GORDON COONS BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa/Ottawa) is a painter, printmaker and fumage artist. Largely self-taught, he paints in the Ojibwa Woodland style and creates fumage, smoke art, by burning cedar. He embellishes his fumage pieces with 24-karat gold leaf. He also prints with linoleum blocks and sculpts in stone and wood. Coons draws inspiration from his Anishinaabe heritage, and his bright color palette comes from his natural surroundings in the Great Lakes region. “I also enjoy incorporating playfulness in my images, telling stories of relationships between Western and Native cultures, and the connection we have to our shared historical events,” he says in his artist statement. Gordon Coons exhibits nationally, and his work is in permanent collections across the country. He regularly shows and wins awards at annual Native American art markets. More of his artwork can be seen online at
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