"Art of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Coast"

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"Wolf Totem Sectional"

( stain and acrylic on wood 17 1/2 x 24 1/2)

Original - $750 U.S.

Revered as a great hunter, the wolf was often associated with the special spirit power a man had to acquire to become a successful hunter. According to legend, the wolf was also the land manifestation of the killer whale.

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This detail gives you a closer look at how this piece was made. The totem is first sketched onto the wood and then each piece is cut out, sanded, primed, and painted or stained, then varnished. In this case, the reddish areas are stained a red oxide. The totem is then reassembled on the painted masonite. They are framed using satin-finished black mouldings without glass and with proper lighting, have a very dramatic effect.

These totems have a very contemporary look while owing their origins to traditional design structures, primarily those of the Haida and Tlingit. They have a distinct 3-dimensional quality and their appearance can vary from subtle to dramatic depending on the lighting source.

This technique is perfect for artwork needed for large home areas and corporate settings. They can be made to fit virtually any size requirements and take approximately 2 weeks to construct. Special considerations can also be made for any personal preferences. Feel free to contact me via e-mail for further information and I'll answer any questions you may have.

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