Keepsake Box with Original Art, Buff, by Lakota Artist, Lynn Burnette
Stash your special trinkets in this one-of-a-kind keepsake box decorated with original art by Lakota Artist, Lynn Burnette, Sr. This black lacquered, lined box is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ with the art printed on a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ inset ceramic tile.
About the Artist
Lakota Artist, Lynn Burnette, Sr., was born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation north of Mission, SD. His family belongs to the Sicangu band of the Lakota people.
Born into horses and cattle ranching, he became a working cowboy and later a rodeo cowboy. He has worked on cattle ranches in different parts of the west. He was raised on a place that was without running water or electricity. Water had to be hauled in from a pump and the source of light was kerosene lamps. Wood stoves were used to heat the house and cook.
His Grandfather had a great influence on Lynn’s life. He taught him to dance traditionally, about spirituality and about life in general. Most of his paintings are from history or stories his grandfather told him. He started sketching when he was very young. He sketched everything; horses, scenery, still life and tried sketching people. Lynn started painting in the late 1970’s. He created his own style of paintings, which are called “tea” paintings. This method of preparation provides a unique style that inspires him. He also paints on canvas with oils or acrylics and has done bronze sculptures.
Over the years his paintings and sculptures have won awards at art shows. Lynn is currently serving on the advisory council for the Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute and has taught tea painting classes for the Cheyenne River Youth Project.