Description This red rose is not a traditional part of Haida culture but I wanted a flower that went well with the Hummingbird so I created the Haida Rose which uses the basic Haida forms to illustrate a stylized red rose. This rose symbolizes, the same as other red roses, the love, beauty, courage and respect, romantic love, congratulations, 'I Love You', 'Job Well Done', sincere love, and passion.
Lon French, Esquimalt Member Since November 2013 Artist Statement I’m a Haida graphic artist that has been doing Haida art since the end of 2012. At that time, I decided I needed to change the direction of my life. This is when I started learning about my family from Haida Gwaii. I researched Haida art and learned the basic forms. Then I started playing with designs and developed my own style. That style has evolved and continues to evolve the more I do. I have tried to stay traditional and have on the most part but feel that to grow as an artist I must be open to change. As I continue on my new path I’ll try new things and learn more about tradition also and that will reflect in my work. Mostly, I’m self taught but I was also initially taught for a short time by George Hunt Jr. at S J Willis Secondary back in the early ‘80s. I hope you enjoy my designs and follow my journey of discovery in the world of Haida art.