The Alaska Native Arts Foundation featured two Alaska Native artists in November, Danielle Larsen and Eve Mendenhall. Using oil paints, experimental acrylics, and water colors, their paintings vividly capture moments and experiences in their cultures. Danielle’s images of canned salmon will bring an edge to your appetite. The ravens that Eve creates are a look into the expressive beauty of this iconic figure in traditional Alaska Native storytelling.
Danielle Larsen is an Aleut, Koyukon, Inupiaq artist, born and raised in Anchorage. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Alaska Native art and will graduate in the spring of 2015. She has studied painting, graphic design and Alaska Native art. Danielle is most well-known for her water color paintings of canned salmon. She likes to paint things that bring her good feelings, like objects from her home and comfort foods.
Eve Mendenhall is Inupiat who was born and raised in Kotzebue. She started beading at nine years old, after learning from an Elder at school during Culture Days. Eve’s family is very talented in drawing and sewing, she had a lot of encouragement to pursue art as a living.
She is a multi-media artist and teacher. Eve experiments with different art forms, and has done sculpting, drawing, beading and painting. She likes to create artwork that makes her smile. Eve’s paintings at the Arts Foundation mostly depict ravens. Ravens remind her of family and the strong spiritual connection and belief system of Alaska Native people.