1% Mural, Nome State Office Building

1% Mural, Nome State Office Building

Nome and the surrounding villages revolve around the seasonal subsistence cycle of hunting & gathering which provides residents with much needed food along with materials for gear, clothing, tools and crafts. I want my piece to be timeless and speak to residents & visitors alike about the subsistence resources available. From beluga whale hunts to picking bird eggs, and lifting pots of king crabs to watching a caribou migration, the Bering Straits region is abundant with life. I have selected marine, land, fish & bird elements to tell the story of what mother nature provided Nome to make it unique.

The art elements in my sketch move from the sea floor showing halibut & crabs, to the elusive bowhead whale swimming next to belugas and seals. A run of salmon edges along the gold littered beach below the mighty arctic musk oxen. The soft rolling hills in the background show silhouetted caribou traveling through while migratory birds fly in formation in the sky. The art style will be the same as the samples I’ve provided earlier and in this file; warm, welcoming and calming.

A cultural tradition after hunting & collecting season is gathering to dance. Dancing is a way to expresses gratitude and tell the stories of the hunts and other experiences. The story told through dancing is an important way to pass on the culture to future generations. My piece is called “Reasons to Dance”.