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Item Name: Painting
Title: Strength from Education
Maker: Simone McLeod
Year: 2004
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 28 1/2 in x 53 in
ID Number: PC2007.2

Extended Label Info: This painting is painted in the Woodlands style or Woodlands School, which is a painting style developed by First Nations in the Great Lakes area. It is characterized by outlined forms of people, animals and plant life, as well as the use of strong, vivid colours. This work by Simone McLeod uses colour and symbolism to carry a strong message: Strength through Education. Simone McLeod (1962 - ) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and belongs to the Name doodem (Sturgeon clan) of the NakawÄ“-Ojibwe Anishinaabeg. She is a member of Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan. McLeod’s early work in pencil, ink, charcoal and pastels was more representational, images of wildlife and portraits. Simone McLeod descends from a long line of Ojibwe Midewiwin healers on both parental sides. Her work has a strong personal philosophy, “Each painting contains a piece of my soul. I have a strong faith in humankind and my paintings are silent prayers of hope for the future.” Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is held in both private and corporate collections in Canada, the Netherlands, Wales, Austria, France, Greece, South Africa, India, New Zealand, and Japan.