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The Journey Home - Every Child Matters Panel
About Karen Erickson
Born in Prince George, BC, Canada, Karen is a spectacular self-taught Metis-Cree artist. Her passion to create artistic masterpieces started in her childhood days, and today she is a successful artist who takes pride in connecting with people through her beautiful work. Inspired by nature, animals and the people in her life, Karen paints stories through her art. She often finds herself dreaming of her next creative idea, which she meticulously translates onto a medium with her special skills. While acrylics, oil and etching are some of her favorite mediums to play around with, Karen’s artwork can be found on rocks, glassware, driftwood, canvas and feathers. She enjoys juggling her time working for Metis Nation BC, while also creating custom-made paintings on request.
The Journey Home Collection
In light of the traumatic events that have unfolded at former Residential Schools across Canada, Karen Erickson created 'Every Child Matters' out of reverence to those grieving. This painting depicts two siblings who were finally set free after being grimly discovered at a Residential School.
The children who are shown holding hands were torn apart from each other, but now reunited as they make their way back home. Karen included beautiful imagery such as a moon and feathers to represent the First Nations, Inuit and Metis people joining together to guide the two siblings home.
Northcott will be donating 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of the panel from 'The Journey Home' to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and the Orange Shirt Society. For more information on these charities, please visit www.irsss.ca and www.orangeshirtday.org