Native American Artist, Raymond Nordwall is a member of the Pawnee tribe of Oklahoma and the Red Lake Chippewa. He lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Raymond paints in a variety of media including monotype, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media and oils. His pieces are filled with vibrant colors reminiscent of the French and American impressionists, cubists and pop artists. His subject matter encompasses Native American tribal, portrait, landscape and wildlife scenes. Raymond’s horsemen appear to be riding straight at you and running off the canvas. Growing up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, he learned to dance at age 6 and attended the powwows every summer. By the age of 12 he was selling his paintings through galleries around Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University and Bacone College, studying with western artist Dick West. He graduated from the IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe. He then worked for and studied with renowned Native American artist, Frank Howell. Howell taught Raymond the monotype process for which he is so well known.
Raymond is a true family man. His wife Gina and his children are the most important things in his life. “Nature and my family are my greatest inspirations. I love the act of creating and I usually paint 6 – 8 hours a day. Painting is very therapeutic for me. It’s gotten me through the best and worst times of my life. I enjoy working in different mediums. I realize something in one medium and it carries over to the other mediums, so my body of work, hopefully, will be constantly growing and evolving.”
A monotype is a printed painting. It is a combination of printmaking, painting and drawing. Unlike a print, no two monotypes are the same. It is a spontaneous and difficult technique to master. The end result is a unique translucency that creates a quality of light very different from a painting on paper or a print.
A giclee print is an image generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto canvas, fine art or photo-base paper. The process results in true color accuracy of the original artwork not obtained by other means of reproduction. Raymond’s giclees are printed on the finest quality archival paper. They display the quality of an original work of art at a fraction of the price. Each one is signed and numbered from a limited edition. I hope you enjoy Raymond’s work as much as I do and will consider adding it to your home or office collection.