Walela, Walela (Hummingbird, Hummingbird)
Seen through a Cherokee sensibility, this is an homage and celebration of the hand sewn Molas of the Cuna women of the San Blas Islands of Panama. I first encountered Molas when I was five years old living in the Canal Zone. I have been inspired by their joyous designs ever since.
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 36" x 48" x 2"
Jerry Sutton is an award winning Cherokee painter, photographer and flute maker. His art has long detailed the life ways, lore, language and natural heritage of the Cherokee woodlands culture. His work ranges from realistic depictions of the wildlife and landscape of the Cherokee reservation, to abstract meditations on emotion through color, to playful juxtapositions of Cherokee culture with our Eurocentric popular culture.
A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Sutton is a graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma University (BA Art, 1976). His work is in private, corporate, and tribal collections. He is represented by the Spider Gallery, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.