In the artist's words:
"I put a lot of emotion in to my works. Anger, frustration, sorrow, love and hope are just some that I hope a viewer will experience and share alongside me in regard to the subject matter. I want an admirer to feel an emotion when looking at all of these colors that can represent an emotion themselves. When we speak, it's always with emotion, and the message I want my works to portray, I want them to bring forth an emotion or reaction from the viewer. My works portray my memories, stories, successes and struggles of my Native American brothers and sisters. Alone, one circle is only a pigment of color, but when brought together with many others of contrasting sizes & hues, a successful image can be created. As a tribe, and people of the human race, we can accomplish much when we come together as a whole."

My work started as an accident really. I was putting away some supplies after finishing a large, vibrant portrait of a bear for a show. It seemed lifeless to me. As an admirer of mosaics and stained glass, I noticed a stencil on my box, and thought, "Wouldn't it look cool if his eyes were made with circles?" and it just sort of spread from their. I've always loved the simplicity and elegance of the line it takes to create a perfect circle. A story I remember during my history studies in college told of a king who requested artists bring in examples of their masterpieces that depicted their skill to earn his portrait commission. One artist didn't bring a thing. When asked what can he show, the artist went to paper and free handed a perfect circle. The king chose him to paint his portrait."

Bryan Waytula's Work

  • My Swift Ally, acrylic and ink on canvas by Bryan Waytula, Cherokee $850
  • Medicine Owl, acrylic and oil on canvas by Bryan Waytula, Cherokee $850
  • Plains Drifter, Acrylic and Ink On Canvas by Bryan Waytula, Cherokee $2400