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Judith Bancroft

Onaway, MI, United States

I grew up in the 1940's and 1950's in North Michigan on a small farm. Always lots of kids around, we were usually out doors somewhere climbing trees, playing tag, cowboys and Indians, tumbling in the haymow, etc. During that time, Western movies were popular and I loved them! From watching movies with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, I dreamed of being a cowgirl riding along on horses with those childhood heroes. I was glued to my seat if the movies had Indians! They were wonderful and terrifying at the same time as they usually were portrayed as the culprits. This was the beginning of my love for the Native American culture. Over the years my artistic endeavors involved raising my son, teaching and performing music, (piano lessons since age 7), floral design, and silhouette painting on glass I had learned from my Mother. I liked to draw animals as a child. My Dad used to say, "If you want to learn to draw, take your paper and pencil and go out to the field and draw the cows". I have painted wildlife scenes with animals, different mediums. In the mid 1980's I became friends with a Native American woman, a Chippewa who lived near me. She shared her life story with me and I looked after her until she died in the late 80's at 90 years of age. She had no children and called me her daughter. Since then, and most recently in 2009 when I traveled some in Alaska and Canada, my love for everything Native American has steadily grown. Somehow I wanted to commemorate a few of the lives of some of these illustrious people. I know history is full of stories, but I wanted to create a visual exhibit to bring to life something of our not to distant past that should be recalled and never forgotten. I started painting Native American portraits in March 2015. It has taken the past year to complete 100 plus. Most of them are painted from historical photographs taken in the 1800's. A few are living today and continuing to celebrate their heritage and have allowed me to paint them and include them in this exhibit. In my 76th year, while painting and learning about these unique individuals, I have found it is never to late to add a new dimension to your own existence. I have walked a mile in the moccasins of some remarkable people and I plan to continue this life's journey with a renewed and more vigorous spirit.

Judith's ArtPrize Entries

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    100 Portraits of Native Americans

    2016 ArtPrize Entry Judith Bancroft
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Judith's Past Work

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