I relate my passion for painting to my love of the rodeo world. Painting has allowed me to show in the art work the love and respect that I have for animals, and add the pride I have for my Native American culture to my paintings.
— Sammy Jo

As I think back to when art became part of my life, I remember the days like yesterday.  High school was when I found pride when completing a picture.

I relate my passion for painting to my love of the rodeo world.  Painting has allowed me to show in the art work the love and respect that I have for animals, and add the pride I have for my Native American culture to my paintings. 

The uniqueness of my paintings that stand out and separate me from other artists are that my paintings and art work don’t fall under one category like most artists do.  I use a lot of abstract, mix media, texture bright colors.  I mix old style with new styles.  I put a lot of my personality and imagination into my work.  I make my art work very personal.  I work with my buyer to help combine what they want me to paint with what I see to get the result that neither one of us have seen before.

 I can include anything from a portrait to an action picture on them and then add the personal touch of the buyer. 

While all paintings hold a special meaning, I am most proud of the piece title: “E-il-si” meaning grandma this is a picture of my late grandmother as a little girl in her traditional Blackfeet dress.  It was one of the first portrait pieces I did for my dad as a gift.  And a tribute to my grandmother that was a special person in my life as I grew up.

With any of the art I create, I have respect for the people that order it, the animals I paint, and the people that are receiving it.

My Blackfeet name is Deer Women was given to me Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Tribe.