Where Spirits Dwell
by Howard Terpning®
To the Native American, a spiritual force was the source of all life and everything in nature had a soul, or a spirit, independent of its physical being. Their entire world was connected spiritually, with the physical and the mystical living side by side. This spirituality was the fundamental nature of the Plains Indian and the expanse of the West and the grandeur of its landscape only enforced this notion. “It is important to show the American Indian as he appears in his natural surroundings,” says Howard Terpning. “He lives with Mother Earth and his spirituality is bound to his environment. Many of my paintings are inspired by something in nature. The thing I look for in a landscape is how it can be dramatized to the best advantage in the painting.”
Many of Terpning’s most revered paintings focus on the wonder, admiration and respect the Native Americans held for the land in which they lived. The Force of Nature Humbles All Men, With Mother Earth and On the Edge of the World all explore the introspective power nature has over man. Where Spirits Dwell takes that idea one step further by presenting, in scale, the majestic scope of the land in relationship to man.
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée
limited to 150 s/n.
25"w x 35"h.
Sunset for the Comanche
by Howard Terpning®
Artist Howard Terpning’s paintings of the American West have depicted some of the most dramatic and moving events in the history of the Plains People. In Sunset for the Comanche, Terpning’s brush recalls the valiant struggle by the Comanche people to retain their land, their freedom and their way of life.
“The Comanche people ruled the Southern Plains until the last quarter of the 19th Century,” relates the artist. Their warriors were said to be some of the best horsemen in the world and yet constant warfare and broken treaties drastically reduced their numbers. The Quohadi (the antelope clan) were the last of the people to surrender. To me, this scene represents the symbol of their strength as they clung to their old way of life as a warrior society. The sun is low on the horizon and the cottonwood trees cast long shadows that forebode the demise of their culture.”
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 250 s/n.
48"w x 38"h (unstretched).