Métis Tapestry by Valentina LaPier Matted
Total Dimensions : 11" x 14”
Image Dimensions: 5" x 8"
Cultural Background: Blackfeet Tribe, Montana
Valentina LaPier was born in Browning, Montana and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. Raised in various places throughout the western United States, Valentina moved back to the Blackfeet Reservation in 2000. Currently, she splits her time between East Glacier and Kalispell, Montana.
Valentina began painting as a young girl, selling her first free-form painting at the age of fourteen. She became a full-time artist in 1987, after returning to Montana from Washington. Valentina was mentored by David Robey, Sr., a long time Montana artist. She works primarily with acrylics, though her favorite medium is watercolor. She admires the works of Braque, Motherwell, Klee, and Kandinsky and her paintings reflect their influence.
Valentina shares the landscape of her heart through her painted images, weaving together her life as a 21st Century artist, her Blackfeet heritage and her vibrant, mystical soul. These images and the ability to capture them on canvas come to Valentina as gifts. She graciously offers these gifts to us with their power and beauty.