John A. Perkins
  Dobson Communications

Artist's Description

First of all, I am extremely excited about the idea of this project. Since I am Native American, I would really like to be a part of the creation of one of the buffalo. My buffalo sketch is just that, a sketch. I want to emphasize how important detail is to me. My work is known for its detail. My design is to use acrylics and oils to create a beautiful, detailed painting of a Native American rug draping across the back of the buffalo. The swirls coming from the headdress of the Native American intertwine with the buffalo and join the Indian and buffalo as one. The Native American figure's head is held up showing pride in who he is and what he represents.
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The shield is the Oklahoma trademark standing for pride of Oklahoma and the Native American people it represents. The buffalo will be done in high detail from the hair, eyes, hoofs and etc. Deep bold colors will be used for the rug, soft blue for the headdress, and a variety of earth tones for the rest. Hours upon hours will be spent on detail within the rug, Native American figure, shield and buffalo itself

Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.