About Jim


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International Award Winning Illustrator ~ Artist ~ Hehaka-to-hoksina-Elk Blue Boy-
Jim Poitras was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1952.He started professionaly his work in 1992,at the age of 40.As a small child,in foster care,he use to dream about being a artist traveling around the world and it became reality.Threwout his art career,his foundation has been;”Believe in your dreams”.Focusing mostly on children but also works with adults.Always painting the positive and beauty of the native culture,the spiritual ways.And also the reality,the history of the people.It is all about education,threw color,my paintings tell the stories and always in a positive light…Painting is my passion and it has opened up so many doors…
My work can be found in museums throughout North America and  Europe,these are few examples:

 

He has traveled throughout Europe but has mainly worked in Germany.I am truely gratefull for all that Canada/USA and Deutschland/Germany and Europe has given me,as a artist.But it is now time to go in new directions…Like publishing books of my art,writings/poems,doing art exhibitions…I am so gratefull for all what my art career has given me but,time to slow down and explore new idea`s of expression…
The foundation of my art career has always been to believe in your dreams,each of us,young and old.I have donated hundreds of art pieces,to fund organizations to help the people in need…street people/homeless,hospist houses for people with aids and children with cancer,healing centre`s,battered women,sexual/mental/physical abuse issues,the list is long.Donated art to museums,government buildings.But for me as a artist,to have my art,poems,career used in the education system,in North America.And our Award winning children`s book,a theatre play on my life,documentary on my life,worked with museums in Canada and Germany.I have worked in the school systems,make workshops with adults,threwout Canada and Europe.It has been my honor and humbled me,to do this work.Years ago,I would say in public;” If I were to die tomorrow,I would die a very happy and content man”and mean it.My art career has opened so many doors,travel,a new life over seas…So many excellent memories and even at my age,I realize,my art career and life is far from over.Many more memories to make,friends and experiances and dreams to realize…Life has been good to me and I thank the creator…All My Relations…

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For 25 years,I have dedicated my work as a native children`s rights advocate but….it is time to devote what time I have left on a very personal issue…children and adults who suffer in silence,with learning problems.Such as stuttering,ADS and who are dyslexic.I have had to deal with this as long as I can remember and even today.I sometimes struggle even today with my dyslexica…Like working on my website alone,paper work,tech machines,learning other languages,such as german…I hope that this work,helps young or old,it also crosses all cultural barriors….I have added a page on my website…education is the key…
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Skype; jim.poitras4

2017 marks two milestones…I am officaly a old age pensioner and is my 25th year as a professional artist.When I stop and think of my journey,I realize just how blessed I really have been.I have had so many honor`s and reconition,threwout Canada,museums,governments,organizations.I am gratefull…Greed,ego has never been the foundation of my art career,I now have to say thankyou to all my elders,the women and men who have shared the traditional teachings to me.Their love and support,is the foundation of my being…But now also of my nearly 20 years,living in Germany and traveling threwout Europe,again,museums,organizations,school systems…My message to all nations,young and old is and always has been; Believe in your dreams…dreams do come true,mine have…aho

  

 

65 years ago today on September  28th,1952 my mother Nora Poitras gave birth to me.Today on September 28th,2017,I celeibrate not only my 65th birthday…but also my 40th extra year of life!

When I was a young man,I really did not think I would live past the age of 25,nor did I care if I did or not…just a fact.But,when I woke up on my 25th birthday,I was so shocked and amazed I had live to see this day! Go me to thinking,that either I was going to end up in prison and dead or dead period,the way I was going…Then from no where came a third choice…life!

On that day September 28th,1977…I made the new choice of life! This is when I began to appreciate life,good or bad,to really want change,not just talk about it.It was a hard difficult road but…I learnt alot of life lessons along the way.Great thing is this,it really matters not,how old,how smart you think you are….you never stop learning.

I am healthy,happy,got people who love and me as I love them,good friends,tons of passion.I have had a full life,my art career has been the key,to open up all the doors of life…And if I had to redo it all over…I would not change a thing or I would not be the human being,man,I am today…aho

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Mark today…Sept.17 2017…for a number of years,I have prayed about writing/painting a healing book…called “Transformation…”,for nearly two decades.I was just praying/smoke and it came to me…the last few days,I was shareing my stories with a special friend(s)of a special art piece called “They tired to steal our Spirits…”…it is time to begin this piece,it will be my lastest master piece on my journey as a First Nation artist,that needs to be done…after it is finished,I have to decide where it will hang in Canada…it will be a very special place for our/the people…aho

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081 (2) In 2017 it will be my 25th year as a professional artist.This was my first limited edition,in 1992 called “Spirit Dreamer”,it opened all the doors for me to the art world.The rider is me,looking into the past,present,future…little did I realize what all was about to come in my art career…Believe in your dreams…dreams do come true…mine have…All My Relations…
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Transformation…

I am in the twilight of my art career and have come to realize that Transformation,my healing vision I recieved back in 1994.It is my most important painting that I have painted,it crosses all culture barriors,male and female,child and adult,at any age…
” Transformation…” was a vision I recieved in early 1994…The meaning; The tee-pees on left wing represent long ago-the building in centre,represent modern times-the tee-pees on right wing represent,how our people are going back to the traditional spiritual ways,to get regrounded…the eagle is carrying the weight of the people and Mother Earth.The tear is a tear of pain and joy because I was in my healing time…the medicine wheels are the four directions…While I was in the native healing centre,a elder asked me to paint,when the eagle,comes to me…it already had….aho

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Threwout my art career,as a artist,poet,intercultural teacher,my work has been used in the education system.High school youth and university students,for term papers.Not only in Canada but also the USA,Europe…pride is the only word,I can find,to express my gratitude.Our award winning children`s book,my documentary and now my poems.The www.bclearning network.com has just asked my permission to use my poem;”Listen to my drum weep…”threwout British Columbia and Yukon,Canada,in poetry and histroy classes…My art career has been far more than I could of ever of dreamt for….I appreciate it,more than words can discribe…In the future,I would love to do art books,children books,publish my poems,this has always been for me…for our children,and thier future…aho

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