West Coast Native American Dancer Portrait

Light Dancer II”
9″ x 12″ oil on canvas
©2011 Tahirih Goffic

This is a commissioned piece that I finished recently, for a lovely German couple I met this summer. They saw and purchased another painting of mine, Light Dancer, at the Eagle Lodge, and were eager to meet me and see more of my work. They wanted another painting, to accompany the one they had bought, and gave me pretty much free rein. That is the kind of commission I love! I was able to come up with my own idea, and only had to keep to a certain color scheme. They are happy with the finished product and so am I. I don’t really have a great name for it…any ideas?

The House of Noomst, Bella Coola

House of Noomst~oil on canvas $825.00

I’ve been very busy lately, painting, but not posting. I’ve secured a studio/gallery space at the local hotel and restaurant, and I’ve been going “to work” every day until my kids finish school. It’s been great fun, meeting and talking to adults for a change:) And I’ve been keeping up the ebay cards, too, to pay for paint, haha! 
I didn’t bother to do a work in progress for this one, it would have been too tedious, lol!
It ended up being tighter than I wanted–haha, the story of my life! But, I’m still happy with it. 
This is a 40+ year old pole on the Bella Coola Townsite. The building is now a youth center, but is scheduled to be torn down soon. It is unsafe, and the pole is rotted through at the base. I’m glad that I was able to paint it before it disappeared, as do so many old landmarks around here. The pole is a replica of one of the original poles on a chief’s house of the original native village that was here before “white man” came. I think it’s beautiful, and an important part of our heritage. I hope they can salvage at least the upper part and display it somewhere after the building is torn down.
I’ll keep posting some of my new work over the next few days.
Bye for now!

Nuxalk Dancer

“Nuxalk Dancer” 9″x12″ oil on canvas SOLD

A painting I finished a week or so ago. This is a scene from last year’s Children’s Potlatch…a native american ceremony of the Nuxalk people which are the local native tribe in Bella Coola, where I live. It is an area rich in Native Culture, and the people are warm and friendly, and I love their colorful and unique regalia. I was given permission from the chief to photograph and paint as many of the dances are not usually allowed to be photographed.

the Thunder Dance


Thunder
12″ x 16″ oil on canvas

The color companion to my previous post for Kunamokst:
this is from the same reference photo, but I wanted to see what it would look like without the blue color restriction. I’m really happy with the results! I painted it in about 4 hours, right over the top of an old painting that didn’t work. No drawing, no prelim, nothing. The feeling of spontaneity and freedom was so liberating! I didn’t have to plan and I felt like there was nothing to lose, since it was on an old ruined canvas anyways…If I could only have that with every painting. I have been doing a lot of painting lately, but I’ve really been struggling. Nothing has been working for so long. I started turning towards photography to fulfill the creative buzz, since so many bad paintings were bringing me down. This success was exactly the confidence injection I needed!