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
Our Third Artist has a powerful message. Choose Joy over negative emotions. We always have something to be thankful for.
"Joy" by Yasmani Hasan
His art is inspired by the simple emotion of JOY! Yasmani Hasan lives in Cuba and we met him on the street while searching for spiritual artists. His message is that too many times, we focus on the negative, both within and around us. It is much more important to focus on happiness and JOY. It is always within the reach no matter how tough the situation is. In this painting, he is captures the smiles of children from Africa that are always represented in malnourished and sad images. His message is that they too have happy moments and can teach us all a lot about being grateful and enjoying life with limited resources. The original painting is also available. Purchase your print today, bring JOY into your work space or living room & help us support our artist.
How We Found Our SECOND Artist - He is inspired by those who cannot see
Daviel and Lili with the Two sisters
Daviel Galan lives in Cuba and is our second artist. His art is inspired by people who are visually impaired and by those who can see, but don't take the time out of their lives to feel for others. Through his art he wants to remind us all to remember others. We simply should not just see but feel all that is around us. This one statement moved us when our second artist shared the inspiration behind his art.
Daviel knows how to write and read braille. We backpacked for 45 days and saw numerous artist but it was his spiritual art that moved us.
His original paintings have detailed description in braille embedded in the painting. Each of his paintings has a deep message.
"COURAGE" BY DAVIEL GALAN
This art moved us personally as well. Every time we take the stage, we are judged before we speak because we are 10 and 8 years old. When we speak, we set the record straight. We may be small, but we have big dreams. We may be young, but our business model is strong. We may be youths but we have the power to change the world. We dedicate this painting to all the youths of the world, to help them realize, they have within them the power they need to make a difference.
To all the youths out there, this art is for you. Never underestimate the change you are capable of making in the world.
"REFLECTION" BY DAVIEL GALAN
Daviel knows how to write and read braille. When we asked him what his favorite painting means, he had closed his eyes and read what it had said. It was about calmness that can only be achieved from within. That moment was so moving for us. Daviel’s painting consists of enchanting color palette which makes up the beautiful paintings. The different shades of green in the painting is truly amazing, so does the story behind it.
Can you see the eye below? It is closed and in the center. Encouraging us all to feel and not just see. Now on the left bottom is the description of the pictures in braille that can only come with the original so those with visual impairment can also experience this art. It describes what the painting means. We all have the ability to feel this calmness.
"HOPE" BY DAVIEL GALAN
The sunset marks the end of a day but it always marks the points, where there is hope for another day. Of new beginnings. Of new emotions.
This painting is also expressing the artists love for those that have visual impairment. While they may not see the sunset, they feel it. They feel it sometimes a deeper level than those that see it. It is lesson for all of us to have hope, to not just see things but to feel them.
"FAITH" BY DAVIEL GALAN
We sat down as a family and talked about the shackles that surround us as humans. Shackles of doubt. Shackles of fear. Shackles of judgement from others. Shackles of self limiting thoughts. We have the power to break them. We have the power to rise. We have bigger forces looking after us and we have to simply not be limited anymore. The biggest failure is when we do not try. The output of that process was this masterpiece
"HAVANA NEVER SLEEPS" BY DAVIEL GALAN
Havana is a vibrant city. Full of color and this road by the ocean is always full of people. Laughing, having fun and enjoying with friends. Through this art, the artist is encouraging us to not just see those moments but to feel the company of others and to cherish those around us. In the original painting (not in the prints), he has braille embedded at the bottom so it can be read by those with visual impairment.
"ALWAYS CUBA" BY DAVIEL GALAN
This picture captures the love Daviel has for both Cuba and the inspiration he has from those that cannot see but feel every emotion. The eyebrow is the map of Cuba and the eye lashes are the palm trees. The details in the eye are a reminder to all of us to really feel all that is around us and not just see things and walk by. The original painting also have braille that explains the painting.
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
BRAND NEW: "Harmony" By Jason Fobister
This painting is very special. It is our vision of bringing the world together come true. Our artist Jason Fobister from the First Nations Reserve of Grassy Narrows in Canada painted this for Rob Van Der Ende from Singapore after they both met at our business launch. There are emotions expressed in this painting that words simply cannot be described. It is a perfect gift for your mentor, the care taker, the selfless souls in your life that support you.
" The golden eagle landing on top of the tree represents the selfless role models with their wings spread out kinda sheltering the life under them. With a beautiful sunset with golden rays of light that are making themselves known that this is the moment!!! There is nothing to fear as they are there, as the protector of this sacred tree, all of life can continue to flourish and live. The tree is on a little tiny island surround by water like its own little oasis with just a tiny bit of mist. And I think that is the place people feel blessed and reminded that life is a real beautiful place and this is the place to be! This painting Harmony is poetry in life, when color is unleashed and is set free, the most beautiful collaboration can occur, there is no predator and there is no prey! We can then come join hands and like nature, be sculpted to perfection. We shouldn't live our lives for tomorrow, we live it for today! This painting is inspired by my friend Rob from Singapore" Jason Fobister
In addition to a print of harmony if you would like a custom painting done, please contact us.
"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
This painting is dedicated to all the mentors in our lives. It 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 from the school after teaching for 30 years 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."
"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.