After the dream (See Bio) Trena Ward had of the Elderly Native American Man giving her the hides with charcoal drawings on, she started her Native American paintings.
One time she traveled to a Mountain Man Rendezvous which was held on Antelope Island in Utah. Once she was there, she got out of her packed van and couldn't start unpacking. She kept pacing around her van trying to figure out why she was hesitate to unpack. Just then an Elderly Native American Man walked over to her. He asked her what she was doing. She told him about her dream and then showed her some of her charcoal drawings.
He quietly listened and then said told her that in all the old photos of Native Americans you notice there is a 'blank' look in their eyes. He told her that they believed that the camera had the ability to steal some of their spirit. To prevent this, the person would go into a trance like state so the photo could be taken. He then told Trena that she had been give the gift to put spirit back into their likeness.
He then did 'ceremony' around Trena's pack van. Once finished he came over and hugged her and told her that his ancestor welcome her to this sacred island and that she was under their protection.
Trena was very successful that weekend with her Native American Portraits, and the portraits she drew on the Island. A few years later Trena legally found out that two of her 2nd Great Grandmothers were Cherokee.
Working on Buckskin is very difficult. Once the pours of the skin have been filled with charcoal or pastel, it is stained and no other color can be applied over it. So Trena can not make any mistakes when working on the buckskin. With the pastel on buckskin, she has to choose just the right colors and lay them besides each other. Once again, Trena has to choose the right colors to use on her pastel paintings on Buckskin. She then treats the hide so that the painting will not smear of come off in the future.
All of these paintings have been sold. If you would like a new one made for you, contact Trena at: trenawardart@yahoo