Amber

DuBoise-Shepherd

Shawnee, OK

Mixed Media 2D & Oil Paints

My drawings and paintings depict my experiences from my every day life and visual show how I interpret the world around me with my strong Native American heritage and traditions.

Artist Statement

My drawings and paintings depict my experiences from my every day life and visual show how I interpret the world around me with my strong Native American heritage and traditions. My pieces have an illustrative and narrative quality with them as I bridge the traditional Native American subjects with more modern contemporary styles. I grew up in a home immersed with my different Native cultures and languages of my mother’s people, the Navajo, as well as my father’s people, the Sac & Fox and Prairie Band Potawatomi. I work with old and new in various ways to create a bridge for viewers to see these traditions differently in a visual way. I want to invite the viewer to be a part of my world and see the traditions the way I see them in my everyday life. I want my artwork to reach out and connect with others; to let them know we may be different, but to know we are all human beings. This is what it looks like to be a Native in America and in Oklahoma today.

Artist Bio

Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd depicts contemporary Native American narratives based on her family heritage of Navajo, Sac & Fox, and Prairie Band Potawatomi. Her mixed media pieces and oil paintings reference an illustrative quality. She has an Associates of Art from Seminole State College and completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Spring 2016 at Oklahoma State University. DuBoise-Shepherd is the Manager of Education and Outreach at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, OK since April 2019. She is married and currently lives in her hometown of Shawnee, OK with her husband Josh Shepherd.

Before Dawn, Early Morning Prayer
Sage and Cedar Shielding from Chíídíí Matchi Manitou (Evil Spirit)
Before Dawn, Early Morning Prayer
Sage and Cedar Shielding from Chíídíí Matchi Manitou (Evil Spirit)
Family, Stew, Frybread, and Blessings From The Holy Ones
Family, Stew, Frybread, and Blessings From The Holy Ones
Sunday Morning With Chei (Grandpa)
Sunday Morning With Chei (Grandpa)
Sending Prayers Through The Fire
Sending Prayers Through The Fire
Visit from the Wî te Kô (Owl)
Visit from the Wî te Kô (Owl)
Cleansing Smoke from the Mountain Yei’s
Cleansing Smoke from the Mountain Yei’s
Midewin and Grandfather Pipe Takes Our Tobacco
Midewin and Grandfather Pipe Takes Our Tobacco
They were the keepers of the fire that day.
They were the keepers of the fire that day.
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Na’ashóii Dich’ízhii Shi Cheii, I pray for protection
Giving Tobacco to Grandfather Ne Ne Me Kî Haki (Thunder)
Blessing from the Sweetgrass Manitou and Yei
Giving Tobacco to Grandfather Ne Ne Me Kî Haki (Thunder)
Blessing from the Sweetgrass Manitou and Yei
All My Relations, Pyêchiwîthenino! (Come and Eat)
All My Relations, Pyêchiwîthenino! (Come and Eat)
Morning Talk and Coffee with Cheii
Morning Talk and Coffee with Cheii
The Night Messengers Warning...!
The Night Messengers Warning...!

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405)879-2400

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