An enrolled member of the Crow Nation, the Apsáalooke, Earl Biss found inspiration for his work in tribal legends and the landscapes of the American Southwest. His paintings, executed in a high-keyed palette and loose brushwork, often featured horsemen from the Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains among the Rocky Mountains and other sweeping settings. Biss saw himself as a conduit for spiritual energy, honing a quick, improvisatory method to free his mind of preconceived notions and ideas. His dynamic, rhythmic compositions challenged conventional depictions of Native Americans as static remnants of the past.
Source: Aspen Times