Giclée Edition 99 Released August 2009
We enter this life one at a time and are born into the world demanding and needing love. For those of us fortunate enough to have loving families, it is provided for us by our parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives. As we grow, this love is enough to nurture us physically, mentally and spiritually. We grow in love together.
As we mature into teenagers, though, we feel the need to venture forth into the world to find another kind of love. We seek someone with magical powers that is able to make our knees tremble and give us butterflies in the pits of our stomachs. The sound of their voice, the tilt of their head, the smell of their hair and the touch of their skin are all enough to intoxicate our very being. What an amazing feeling when we fall in love together.
Sadly, the intensity of those feelings become muted with time as love changes and evolves. Instead, the excitement of our youth is supplanted with a warm glow of deep love. We grow together and learn to know each others’ thoughts. We laugh, cry, celebrate, mourn and travel together. The comfort and safety of our love allows us to create and nurture our own families together.
Though we enter this world one at a time, we don’t have to journey through it alone. For those of us fortunate enough to live a life full of love––in all of it’s forms––we can count ourselves truly blessed. We can hold our partner––whether they be girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife or lover––and enjoy life’s greatest gift: love... together.
Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł'walag̱a̱me' name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I'nis. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, he has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw First Nations. In this regard, Andy has pursued avenues where he can sing traditional songs and perform ceremonial dances at potlatches and in a number of different dance groups, most notably the Le-La-La Dancers, the Gwa'wina Dancers and the K’umugwe Dancers.
Pursuing other areas of traditional culture has also led Andy to complete a Master’s degree in anthropology. Because the K’ómoks First Nation lies on the border between the larger Salish and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw realms, his thesis focused on notions and expressions of contemporary Comox identity. His work in anthropology provided him with a background in linguistics which subsequently inspired him to create a company, Copper Canoe, Inc, that specialized in the creation of Aboriginal language media.
Andy feels that his artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments. Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, Andy's first serious attempt wasn’t until 1990 when he started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons, he has tried to follow in the footsteps of his Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors. The ability to create and print most of his own work has allowed Andy to explore and express his ancestral artwork in a number of contemporary ways.