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The Hummingbird brings happiness and joy when they return in the spring after a long winter. Hummingbirds is a feminine symbol representing beauty, intelligence, peace and love. In Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art the Hummingbird is portrayed with a long thin beak, a large round head and large outspread wings. She is often depicted surrounded by fauna, and with beak embedded in a flower. Hummingbird is always portrayed in a profile view.
A self-taught Haida artist born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1961, Eric is a member of the Masset Band from the Haida Gwaii Nation. His crest is the Eagle and his family clan is the Frog. While Eric has always been exposed to Haida art, he only started creating prints and paintings on a regular basis since 2002. Eric cites Bill Reid and Robert Davidson as his primary influences, and most of his pieces reflect classic Haida design. Eric’s goal as an artist is to “continue to be a small part of the revival and continuity of our peoples’ traditions.” Eric’s work include a 7-feet Eagle’s painting on fibre glass for the Eagles in the City Project for BC Lions Children’s charity. He also has two limited edition prints currently displayed in the US Embassy: Ethan & Isaiah (twin salmons in honor of his twin nephews) and Eagle (shown in the photo above).