Two Sisters on a Mission
Our mission is to bring the world together by bringing the stories, the struggles, the talent and the personalities of artists from remote parts of the world within your reach. We want to make a real difference in their lives and yours. We are two sisters aged 9 and 7, who are on a mission and we will not let anything get in the way. The world will not change if we all wait for others to act so we have decided to take this initiative to support artists we met during our trips to build libraries around the world with our family. We want to give a voice to artists who are often forgotten by the world given the remoteness of where they live.
Royalties from every painting you buy on our store go to the artists and provides them with ongoing support and encouragement.
how our dream came true to open our business
Jason Fobister with Amna & Fatima Sultan
We are so honoured that our first artist is Jason Fobister from the Grassy Narrows First Nations community in Canada. We met Jason during a visit to the community to build a library and his kindness, compassion and love for humanity deeply moved us. He is like family to us now. We are so honoured to have the opportunity to make the world aware of this incredible artist and thrilled that he is joining us in Toronto on 29th Sep for the launch of our business.
Be prepared to be amazed by his incredible paintings and make sure you look carefully, as the message are deep within the colors of this amazing artist. In Jason's own words :
"Art taught me how to be humble and let everything go. It taught me how to live a humble life with my family. My family and my entire community is very proud of me. Art for me is a good escape for me to get away, its like a vacation for me. You see art in everything, in your daily life. You just have to take it out and do something with it
I feel happy to be a part of this and it is a dream come true. If feel grateful to have met you. You are a beautiful family. I am grateful that you have the very positive outlook to meet and greet people. That is what the world needs."
- Jason Fobister
"WE ARE WARRIORS" - Jason Fobister
"One day I was looking across the lake from my home, when you look up the sky you can see shapes and the silhouettes of natural things you see in life. That is why I figure that is such a beautiful cloud then can see the shape of wolf, bear, eagle and a first nations warrior. After that the things started connecting and I drew what came to my mind. Those the moments in my life that are real and things of beauty. That is why I feel bad to put my name on the painting because it did not come from me but it came from life. It was something special for me because perhaps the creator helped me see that in life and to look for the lessons from life. They lessons come not just for me talking but they can come silently from nature and all you need to do is open your heart and mind."
"LEARNING" - jason fobister
I was inspired the life story of a principal and the sacrifices educators make for their students. This gentleman battled through cancer and he just loved teaching kids. I was asked to paint for his farewell and I didn’t know what I was going to paint. His life story is pretty amazing, and I decided to paint a tree as it provides shelter to others. It had to be strong, and I started mixing my golds and my bronze colors. I could see the life of a teacher is so vibrant, so I painted the leaves red. I added a book in front of that tree because that is his life and his life is about teaching and helping people to learn. I wrote a page and a half in that book, and I left half of the page empty. It is a symbolic reference that the story of life has to be written completely as a human and the story goes on.
"THE ARRIVAL" - jason fobister
The Arrival - I spoke against drugs and alcohol when I was 18 as I had friends doing drugs and alcohol and also I lost family members to depression. I spoke about it in school and someone said that we should recognize him as there is something special about him.
So, during that ceremony, I had a little dream that I was an eagle and I am flying from the west over a lake and by the time ceremony was over, they told me that my spirit sits in the east and I look out towards the west. So, I saw my spirit coming from west to come meet me.
Having a pipe (First Nations award) is a privilege given to you to carry for people and to understand life more closely. It gave me the opportunity to pray and to learn to pray. Life is not just air and rocks, there is a spiritual side to life. Everything is made up of energy and everything is attracted towards that energy.
THE MESSENGER - Jason Fobister
"When a traditional dancer dances, people always see his power and steps and all the way how he is dressed. They are very fierce and brave but, they have a beautiful dance. When he grabs his whistle, it is a part of the eagle’s wing. The significance of the eagle whistle is to pray for people and for anyone who gave you a tobacco to blow the whistle at a pow-wow.
When you blow that whistle you are giving the eagle life again because you’re with the eagle and it is not all by your self. The painting to me has a lot of power because he is holding the eagle on his staff he is looking at it. He has so much grace and power that for the rest of his life he is going to be a dancer and cannot stop because, it is for health and for enjoyment. That is what the dancer is doing he is bringing back to life to an animal which had a past and he is giving life to people who observe him dance. So that is the significance of this painting."
"Crystal Dreams" - Jason Fobister
"This painting is inspired by my wife Crystal as she encouraged me to finish it. It is a reflection of home, respect, honour and courage. I wanted to capture the colors of the traditional classical style of painting but with an indigenous story. I hope I was able to do it justice to capture my emotions using my art."
FANCY SHAWL BUTTERFLY DANCER
They created this dance because it was something energetic for women. They came up with the butterfly because they are vibrant and alive when it flutters. It is very beautiful to watch the colours move the way they do and there is a lot of strength in the dance. That is what the fancy shawl dancer is about.
It is about the butterfly protecting the dancer because that dancer is representing them as a living being in a dance to honor the butterfly. The power, the beauty and the grace of the buttlerfly dancer is what I wanted to capture in this painting.
"EAGLE DREAMS" - Jason Fobister
"Not every mistake is a bad experience, this painting is an example of that. t was an idea in my head and I pursued it. I painted an eagle with a moon in the background, but I accidentally put too much water on my brush and it dripped on the canvas. I was thinking “oh no” and then I grabbed a rag and tried to wipe it but it made streaks on the painting. It had such a unique quality that I didn’t want to fix that mistake instead I wanted to use that mistake and make something good of it and that actually was the best thing that happened to that painting. So later, I added more drops and ended up wiping it, adding more color. It was real joy doing that painting. You can always learn from mistakes. They don’t hurt as long as you can find beauty in it you can always do something with it. Don’t always go with your original plan because plans always change. This painting was proof of that and something I can learn from."
The eagle is a messenger in our culture because he can fly high and talk to the creator. This is a representation of a traditional story. There was once this man who was really sick and he had powers to talk to animals. He goes to the beaver to climb the tree and tell my wishes to the Creator. The beaver goes and comes back with a bear, the man asks if the bear could climb the tree and talk to the Creator. The bear says I cannot do that, but I have a friend who might and comes back with an Eagle. The eagle says that I can only fly to a certain limit, but I will try, so the eagles flies out into the sky and the eagle is close to the Creator and delivers the mans wishes. The Creator send a gift to the man in the form of a feature. If you notice in the painting closely, there is a feature missing. The whole painting is in colors that capture the spiritual nature of this story.
POWER AND RESPECT
One time I was fishing and saw an eagle. Sometimes if you catch a fish and you throw it back in the lake a eagle might come and take it. So that is what I did and then an eagle came and took it to the top of a tree.
Then I started to fish more and caught another fish and threw it to. Then an eagle came and took it but, I had gotten my camera and the eagle had landed on the perfect tree. I really wanted to capture the grace and the power when it landed on the tree and he had my fish which I had caught so I really wanted to capture it.
Hopefully I captured it for you.
Two Sisters on a Mission
This logo is hand drawn with love. It represents our vision of bringing the world together and making a real difference. We wanted to reflect our mission in our logo which is to make a real difference in the world.