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Spirit of Manitoba

Jean Mackie

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My painting is titled SPIRIT OF MANITOBA. In this Manitoba prairie landscape I painted repetitive patterns in segmented pieces to recreate the look of quilted fabric. I feel a quilt is the perfect example of how many different and diverse colours and patterns can be combined and joined together to become united as one. The bright skies of Manitoba sunrises and sunsets remind me of the spirit of all Manitobans....bold, vibrant and diverse. I have tried to capture that spirit in my painting as well. The main subject of this painting is the white "spirit" bison. It was inspired by the story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman. In the uncertain times of 2020 we can draw from the various First Nations teachings of the spirit of the white bison calf. From my research I have learned that during hard times the birth of a sacred white bison calf is a sign of hope and better things to come. It is my hope that the people of Manitoba will be able to work together through our hard times to see better times emerge in this our 150th year as a province. The provincial flower, the crocus, has been incorporated into the foreground of the landscape and if you look carefully you will find a nod to the Manitoba tartan in the patterning.


Location: Emerson

Year: 2020

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 20" x 24"

Price: Not for sale