I remember having just moved to Canada and discovering the Group of Seven. I loved these works right away, and it made me curious to explore more of my favourite landscape painters. Emily Carr was always at the top of this list.
Today, that list grew bigger, as I discovered reowned Cree artist, Allen Sapp. Right away I connected with his depictions of daily life in Saskatchewan. Finding the beauty, for example, in the fence that needs fixing or people coming for a visit. It's all about capturing the beauty of our province, even in the simple tasks of daily life, which is also my mission as the Saskatchewanderer.
Sapp's art was a master class for my eyes, the way he saw the world and shared it with the rest of us was truly one-of-a-kind.
You can see his works for yourself - masterfully depicted First Nations culture, the simple elegance of rural life and the beauty of Saskatchewan - at the Allen Sapp Gallery - The Gonor Collection of North Battleford. Housed in the city's old Carnegie Library, built in 1916, the gallery brings people from all over the world to North Battleford.