Peregrine North is a musician and artist who was born in England, raised in upstate New York and currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia. The works comprising her exhibit, “Native Inspirations”, are the result of a lifetime of interest in America’s Native people and a particular moment of inspiration that occurred during her college years in Texas.
It was during that time that she encountered the photographs of Edward Sheriff Curtis through a book given to her by her mother. Curtis traveled throughout the midwestern and western United States in the early 20th century to photographically document the vanishing way of life of America’s Native people. Peregrine herself had always been captivated by Native America, and when she picked up her pencils and began to draw from these photographs, her work reached a different level. She created six of the pieces you see here from these photos, plus one, “One of the Oneida”, which employs a Curtis photo as a model but portrays a tribe that Curtis did not document. Peregrine hopes to someday spend more time with the people of the tribes she portrays and create her art from her own photos of the Native Americans she meets.
A portion of all art sales goes to the Southwest Indian Foundation, a group that works to alleviate poverty among the Native tribes of the American Southwest. You can visit them at www.southwestindian.com.
Peregrine’s art and music were recently featured in the December 2016 edition of Elán Magazine. You can read more about her work at www.peregrinenorth.com.