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Garnet Tobacco, a Cree artist, was born on February 6th, 1964, in Moose Lake, Manitoba. The Buffalo is his family crest symbol.
He has been painting for over twenty years and occasionally sculpts in soapstone and wood. He apprenticed under Isaac Bignell, a prominent artist who has passed away. Bignell's style and form greatly influenced Garnet, who is preserving it to this day. Fluid lines, soft earthy tones against simple stylized backgrounds are all characteristics that have attracted many collectors. Garnet has worked in private collections throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, U.S.A. and Canada. His work has also been displayed at the Art Expo in Calgary.
Some of the animals he loves to paint are those common to the plains region, such as bison, herons, eagles, and hawks. Still, he also explores the world water world with his salmon, whales and turtles, as well as some truly delightful works depicting subjects like the butterfly, hummingbirds and loons.