By Ashley Hinze, Airis Illustrations
Art has always been a big part of my life. Being an artist has taught me a lot of life lessons too. Some of the major lessons I’ve learned being an artist are to be a quiet observer, to feel into my surroundings so that I am able to understand it, and to translate what I see and feel into a cohesive visual story for all to see and feel for themselves.
I am incredibly grateful that it has led me to the most amazing opportunity. Creating the cover art and having another art piece of mine on the back of the book is an absolute honor. As an artist, I don’t want to just draw things that are pretty… My desire is to illustrate visual stories that are important to our society.
The Sasquatch Message to Humanity is by far the most powerful message I have ever read in my life. Deep in my core after reading each session DawaOutah LomaKatsi (Sunbôw) had with Elder Kamooh has helped me to deepen my understanding and remember the history of how we are all interconnected and family—We are all ONE. Elder Kamooh paints a vivid picture to humanity in his message, and also holds a mirror so that we can see what it is that we can do as individuals to help inspire everyone else collectively.
Thanks again Kelly Lapseritis and Kewaunee Lapseritis for giving me an opportunity to add my energy to this passionate collective message and work of art. ❤