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Deer Child

Deer Child

This desert deer child was inspired by the beautiful mule-deer (with their distinctive mule–like ears) that wander delicately through the cactus…and also by the spring deer dances of the Yaqui tribe. One night I watched a Yaqui man training young boys who will be the next generation of dancers. They mimicked the deer, they danced the deer, and then they became the deer, crossing into the Wilderness World.

The deer child also has as a bit of my spirit in her, for she was painted during a time when I was healing from a long illness, experiencing the world through a child-like state of wonder and helplessness.

Oil paints and pencil on paper, 12 x 18.

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