Thunderbird Print by Rob Mills
Robert Mills is a lifelong resident of Southeast, Alaska. Specifically, he calls the village of Kake his home. Robert is a Tlingit artist of the Tsaagweidi clan who works with metal, paint and wood. His art is deeply tied to Lingit aani and the Tlingit culture which grew out of thousands of years of interaction with this darkly-forested, fjord-riven land. Robert’s art both celebrates ancient Tlingit traditions and builds upon them.
"It’s not very often we get to experience thunder in Southeast Alaska. But when you do, that experience sticks with you. One beautiful evening in Ketchikan, I was working with my mentor, Master Artist Nathan Jackson. Suddenly the sky went dark and flashes of light and sound illuminated the darkness. I can still feel the sheer power of its force. This print is an attempt at recreating that moment. The black background, brilliant flash point and fading brightness in the form of the Thunderbird, symbolic of strength and power." - Rob Mills