Asante Riverwind was taught by his artist mother and studied art at four different universities and an art institute for a decade. He has been creating and showing art for over 60 years, both nationally and internationally. "Spirit & Nature - Dreams & Visions" are the inspirations for much of his art, which includes, paintings, murals, installations, stone and wood sculpture, pen & inks, and other mediums. Mountain Bluebird and Waldo Wilderness, featured in Ground Truths, depicts a forested landscape recovering from fires, with a bluebird, a resilient species well adapted to fire ecology making its home amidst the many fire killed standing snags, reminding us that life truly is resilient, as are we all.
"Waldo Wilderness and Mountain Bluebird" acrylic on canvas, 8in x 10in
In 1996 my home and over two thousand artworks were burned to ash and stone relics by the Wheeler Point Fire in Eastern- Central Oregon, ignited accidentally by a logging company above the John Day River…I arrived home in the midst of the fire, fighting it by myself for five days, inhaling a lot of smoke, as visibility was very limited. In the process I saved two structures and a good section of our forest from burning, drawing on skills I learned working for the USFS as a Sawyer and firefighter a decade earlier. Fire is an intrinsic part of Pacific Northwest forests. Ultimately it cannot and will not be avoided. It is an indomitable force of nature that we all need to learn to live with. Mountain Bluebird and Waldo Wilderness depicts a forested landscape recovering from fires, with a bluebird, a resilient species well adapted to fire ecology making its home amidst the many fire-killed standing snags, reminding us that life truly is resilient, as are we all.
more from Asante's perspective
Asante in his art studio, among various paintings
Asante Riverwind on the trail from Todd Lake to Broken Top Mountain in Oregon’s Three Sisters Cascades Wilderness.
Waldo Lake Wilderness area trail, the setting that inspired Waldo Wilderness and Mountain Bluebird. Mountain Blue birds are among the first to return to burned areas, part of the resilience of forests, wildlife and nature to recurrent fires in our fire ecology forest ecosystems.