About Our Artists


Chrystine Davison

The Blackfeet artist Chrystine Davison has lived in Seattle, WA, where she was born and raised. She enjoys working with traditional materials to produce original style Blackfeet art. With the help of elders and other members of the Blackfeet community, she learned to express her close ties with her heritage and her love for the Blackfeet culture through her art. Chrystine has been creating custom made items since she was young. Her works include dolls, medicine pouches, bags, purses, jewelry and moccasins. “My goal is to branch out using other mediums such as acrylic and watercolors to give a contemporary twist to traditional Blackfeet images.”


David Dragonfly

This Blackfeet / Assiniboine artist studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Montana in Missoula. His Collagraphs, which are David’s main art form, are based on traditional Blackfeet imagery. He was the featured artist of the Northern Plains Tribal Art in 1999 and participates in other Native American art shows throughout the United States.


Valentina LaPier

Working primarily in acrylics, Valentina is a Blackfeet artist who also works with watercolor, and oils. She paints on many surfaces including canvas, silk, rawhide, cotton shirts, greeting cards, glass and rocks. Her original art constructed of freeform patterns is drawn on historical Native American images like those found in traditional art. She has been represented by galleries in Montana and New Mexico. La Pier resides in East Glacier, Montana on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Barbara XS

Barbara Mitchell

This Blackfeet artist received her education in western art through art schools, workshops and at the Eastern Montana College in Billings. Barbara works in a variety of mediums such as oils, acrylics, colored pencils and pen and ink. Her subject matter being almost anything pertaining to the West. Barbara participated in art shows in Montana and Seattle, WA. Since August 2005, Barbara studies at the Institute of Native American Art in Santa Fe, NM.


Darrell Norman

Darrell’s traditional and contemporary art is based on Blackfeet design and imagery. This involves both painting and sculpture. When working with traditional material, he creates rattles, drums, shields, lances and rawhide containers. He received a certificate of Fine Arts of the North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington. After moving back to the Blackfeet Reservation in 1992 he founded the Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village in Browning. In 2004 Darrell was honored with the Artist in Business Leadership Award by the First Peoples Fund and in 2002 with Community Spirit Award for his efforts to keep traditional Blackfeet art forms alive.

In recognition of artistic excellence and contribution to the preservation of Montana’s cultural heritage, Darrell has been inducted into Montana’s Circle of American Masters in Visual Folk & Traditional Arts by the Montana Arts Council in 2012.


Robert Orduno

Gabrieleno and Kiowa-Apache

Robert grew up on a small farm in California. After attending the Los Angeles School of Design, he worked as a graphic designer for twenty years before he became a painter. While living in Great Falls, Montana for a decade, Robert made a name for himself as an artist and received many awards, including best of show at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming and the Tony Begay Award from Red Cloud Indian School art show in South Dakota. Since 1980 he has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Francis Wall

Blackfeet artist Francis Wall has attained his art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. This helped him to explore and work more loosely in media of various types. Usually he works intuitively and experiments with color and media. His subjects vary as he combines realistic and abstract forms. Native American subjects and Northern Plains Indian geometric designs are sometimes incorporated into Francis’ work.