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“I love to paint. I am totally impas­sioned by being in my stu­dio and pick­ing war­riors out of the air — like musi­cians pick notes out of the air — rich and haunt­ing and beau­ti­ful.“
CJ Wells

Research­ing her sub­ject mat­ter and mak­ing her own frames, CJ Wells cre­ates paint­ings of Native Amer­i­can war­riors. “They are a holy peo­ple,” says Wells. “They had vision, that is what I com­mu­ni­cate in the yel­low eyes. It sig­ni­fies how the peo­ple loved the earth. They have eyes, sim­i­lar to a wolf, that look at the earth with understanding.”

CJ paints in oils and has made lith­o­graphs, silkscreen prints and sculp­tures. She lay­ers her works with glazes and says she once used sev­en­teen col­ors on a horse’s eye to give it depth. “I paint for the brain,” she says. “Art is psy­cho­log­i­cal, but even for abstract work you need sym­me­try, har­mony and balance.”


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