Joe Don Brave Artist STATEMENT
My artwork revolves around my heritage, emotions, environment and expressions that I have picked up through my adventures along the road, and while listening to the elders tell the stories of their experiences. I am the son of the Osage, part of its history and a product of its many changes, endured over time. I am a citizen of the world, as such, seek to define my identity and place within these two worlds, which are but one.
My Osage/Cherokee Roots
I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, but I spent my summers and holidays in Osage County, Oklahoma. My family has deep roots in Osage County, and I consider the county home! Most of my inspiration comes from the rolling hills and flat vistas of Osage County, and the people who make up the community of Osage Natives who call the county home!