The beautiful and serene image on the cover of the July edition of Alberta Native News is by Roger Noskiye, a talented 54-year-old Aboriginal artist from the Whitefish Lake First Nation at Atikameg in northern Alberta.
Roger started drawing and whittling as a child and his art was encouraged at the Northland Elementary School in Atikameg. He says he ‘drew his way through middle school’ and carried on with his schooling at Grande Prairie Regional College where he finished a visual arts program. From there he transferred to New Mexico where he received a scholarship to continue his studies.
Roger later returned to his home community and continues to work there with his art and culture. The Town of McLennan commissioned Roger to paint 12 murals on town buildings and he created a mural for the Lakeland Eagles Hockey Club too.
In addition to several illustrations on the inside pages, Alberta Native News featured Roger’s art on the cover in August, 2012 and in December, 2011 and included a story about his work and his journey as an artist.
For information about Roger Noskiye and to view more of his beautiful artwork contact Wakina Gallery, an online gallery that has recently partnered with Alberta Native News to promote its participating artists.