I've always had a huge interest in Indian culture. My grandmother and father were full blooded Cherokee Indians and grew up in the Oklahoma oil territories. My grandfather was a fiddle player his whole life and he always thought that the more firewater he drank, the better his fiddle sounded. My grandmother begged to differ. I grew up looking at all of their old family photos of them in their cultural dress and always wanted to honor them by doing a piece of art of my grandfather Holman. I jumped at the chance to create this poster for the Red Earth Festival. In 1987 a group of influential community and tribal leaders founded Red Earth American Indian Cultural Festival to showcase Native American dance and art. The two groups merged in 1992 to create Red Earth, Inc. I created a three color poster to announce the festival. It was meant to draw attention to the event by a bold and strong color of red. I leaned on my grandfathers photos to do his portrait and graphic image in his costume. I did three sketches and the client chose their favorite. The artwork was presented to a committee of 12 tribal leaders and they loved the final poster. Size of the poster is 24" x 40".