Description On day in August, while on my archaeological survey, I climbed to the top of a small volcano and watched this monsoon thunderstorm develop. The sky over the San Francisco Peaks went from clear blue to this thunderhead within three hours. I realized that for centuries ancient people had this same experience.Native American cultures, like many other cultures, believe in many gods. Some cultures believe they can speak directly to the gods, while others - whether out of fear or out of respect - believe they need a go-between.In the Hopi tradition, the Cloud People (katisam) are spirits that represent almost every aspect of Hopi life. It is believed they once visited in person, but now come as clouds or mist. Hopi katsinam can represent almost anything, male or female, clan ancestors, plants, animals, insects, human qualities, the elements, and even death. They are responsible for accepting Hopi offerings and prayers to give to the gods in exchange for health, rain and fertility.
Jim Thomas, Arizona Member Since March 2007 Artist Statement In the year 2000 I received a challenging health diagnosis. In response to this I closed my thirty-five year old business and put my creative energy into landscape and visionary oil painting. Over the next few years I did oil painting demonstrations in the lobby of the Old Town Gallery in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona. These painting demonstrations were photographed and remain online today as step by step oil painting demonstrations. You will appreciate a painting better if you can see how it came into being over many months. When the Old Town Gallery closed I returned to my home studio. Thank you.