White Buffalo Calf Woman is the seventh painting in my 'Empowered Feminine Zodiac' series and represents Libra. She is wearing traditional Lakota clothing with quill-work symbols and fringe. She is credited with bringing a message of peace to the Lakota people some 2,00 years ago and stands in a kind of prophetic pose surrounded by illuminated tipis, antelope, rabbits and impressionistic prairie grasses. The sky is balanced by both the sun and moon on the horizon and a moon-lit cloud shaped like a bison descends from the sky while two hawks circle over the sun.
Karen MacKenzie grew up on a beach on the western peninsula of Washington state in an old farmhouse with six siblings and bohemian parents. She was encouraged from an early age to be creative, and was drawn to painting and drawing in step with her mother's interest in art. Her father's love of literature and history fed her imagination as well, and she was given free-reign to explore any subject. Having developed an adventurous spirit, she traveled after high school and lived in Canada and Hawaii before moving to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts. At Cornish she studied extensively with Charles Stokes, beginning to develop an artistic view that embraced the mystical side of life and was introduced to the works of Morris Graves...
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