Okima Kishik is Whitefish Bay artist Francis Paul’s Ojibwa name. Best known for his charcoal drawings, he also paints with acrylics, or mixes the two mediums. Many of his works portray spiritual beings and shape-changers, radiating the beauty or dignity of their First Nation subjects. We have both originals and prints available at Darlington Gallery.
The other day when Okima Kishik was in, we showed him one we had just had framed.
“That’s a nice picture,” he said, considering it very seriously. “Who made that one?
Suddenly he recognised it as his own work. “Oh, is that one is one of mine? They look really good when they’re framed!”
We all had a good belly laugh.