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Height: 46 cm | Length: 56 cm.
The frog represents the power of water and is a creature that lives in two worlds, water and land. It's revered for its adaptability, knowledge, and power. This painting depicts a frog with an open mouth its tongue licking its left arm, a human spirit design on the back reaching around to the belly, and eggs indicating it is a female frog.
Richard Shorty, Northern Tutchone, is a self-taught artist, and his crest is Crow. He began painting in 1981 with encouragement from Heiltsuk artist Ben Houstie. In 1981/82, he started learning Northwest Coast design from the book Looking at Northwest Coast Art, and others. From what he learned, he began to develop his own designs. In 1983, Richard moved to Victoria, BC, to learn from other artists. During this time, Richard picked up on his carving techniques and began to create a style that was a combination of traditional and realistic Native art. His work also includes original drawings and paintings. In the fall of 2010, Richard helped complete the largest mural in Metro Vancouver. On the side of the Orwell Hotel, at Hastings and Jackson, Richard worked on this 743-foot mural, which represents Vancouver's Urban Aboriginal population and celebrates Vancouver icons.
Richard Shorty has designed two of our guest rooms at the Hotel, including the King Salmon Suite, The Story of the Feather Suite and The Story Of the Hummingbird Suite.