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?

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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!

Mending the Nets

Mending the Nets – 9″ x 12″ oil on canvas  $225.00
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This is what I’ve been working on for the last week or so. I also have a sketch done in my Travel Journal, but it is needing some color…and I’ve done a bunch of ACEO’s, too.
This picture is really about Bella Coola’s history. The building is the old cannery net loft. It has long been abandoned, but used to be a huge part of the industry here. The inset is from the Bella Coola archives, it is a Nuxalk woman mending the nets…I love this view of the net loft. I have about fifty photos of it, in all different weather, and times of day. I live in such a beautiful place!

Nuxalk, Native American Art, Regalia, original oil painting

“Light Dancer” 9″x12″ oil on canvas $225.00

This is my newest painting in the Potlatch Series. I’m not sure of the original name of the dance, but the original painting shows some great backlight coming in behind her head, hence the title. The photo is a bit dark, I’ll try to upload a better picture soon. I usually don’t like painting red. I doesn’t work well alla prima…the method of direct painting without glazing. It’s hard to lighten red without it becoming pink, but I liked painting the contrast of the red and black in this one. I used cad yellow light to lighten the highlights to an orange, which seemed to work with the warm light source. I found the end result to be striking. I also enjoyed the abstract quality of the robes of the other dancer that are visible in the background.

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.