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Ione - Contemporary Artist, Painter - Indian and Southwest and South of the Border Gallery - oil and pastel paintings

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Set Free - view 1Set Free - bronze sculpture, view 1Set Free - view 2Set Free - bronze sculpture, view 2Set Free - view 3
Set Free - bronze sculpture, view 3
NEW!! Set Free

24 1/2 " high x 7" wide x 11 1/2 " deep
bronze sculpture

"Set Free" - Arola was selected from the group of maidens for this special duty. To go to the top of the mountain and release the bird of freedom. This act symbolized the ending of a long bitter war with a neighboring tribe. This honorable gesture was bestowed upon an exceptional maiden, who the tribal leaders felt was an example of perfect womanhood, possessing beauty, intelligence, kindness and respect for her elders.

Arola followed all the directions her mighty chief gave her perfectly, and after the bird left her hands and flew off into the sunset, she called out to her personal god and guided her horse off the cliff to sanctify the ceremony.

The Migration

18" high x 24" wide

The Migration, southwest indian pastel

The Coming

24" high x 18" wide

The Coming, southwest indian pastel

The Search Party

18" high x 24" wide

The Search Party, southwest indian pastel

Indian Bracelets

11" high x 14" wide

Indian Bracelets, southwest indian pastel


14" high x 11" wide

Trigger, animal pastel


40" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

Totem acrylic on canvas painting

Chief Dreamer

40" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

Chief Dreamer acrylic on canvas painting

Rain Dancers

28" x 32"
acrylic on canvas

Rain Dancer acrylic on canvas painting

"Rain Dancers" - Seasons turn from one to another, each having its own rituals and secrets. This month the Onju Saginaw tribe was dancing to entice the heavens to open and give them the precious rain they sorely need. It hasn't rained for months, and they were getting desperate. If it doesn't rain soon their crops will never grow and they will have to move their large community or face starvation. All the areas surrounding them were already inhabited and being farmed by other tribes. If the rain wouldn't come, they would have to move their large encampment many many miles into the hinterlands to find another suitable area for their families.

The drums kept a steady rhythm along with the chanting of the elders. The women and children clapped their hands keeping time with the strong beat of the drums. This would go on for hours and possibly days until it would rain or their Chief would decide to stop the ceremony.

Check back next week to find out if the heavens ever opened up or if the Onju Saginaws had to leave the territory.

Bird Dancer

15" x 20"
oil on canvas

Bird Dancer oil on canvas painting

"Bird Dancer" - A colorful dance performed by many Indian tribes depicting the eagle in graceful flight.

The Fox

15" x 20"
oil on canvas

The Fox oil on canvas painting

Indian Blankets

24" x 26"
oil on canvas

Indian Blankets oil on canvas painting

"Indian Blankets" - The Sioux handmade these enormous blankets on wooden looms and with great care. Only specially selected women were chosen for this honor. It takes many months to create and are replaced once a year for their festivities. These are ceremonial blankets hung high on a special hill during their religious Festivals. They are hung on a sacred summit overlooking their teepees, waving shadows in the wind and dancing wildly in a storm. They identify and signal their heritage and every day the tribal members bow, genuflect and pray to their Gods for strength and fortitude. They are beautiful blankets and make the countryside quite colorful.

Indian Corn

11" h x 14" w

Indian Corn pastel

Spirit of the West

30" x 40"
acrylic on canvas

Spirit of the West acrylic on canvas painting


24" x 36"
oil on canvas

Footprints oil on canvas painting

Fire Dance

40" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

"Fire Dance" - An Indian dances around the fire praying to the gods for victory in the ensuing war with a neighboring tribe.

Fire Dance ethnic original acrylic on canvas painting

Mayan Madness

40" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

Mayan Madness ethnic original acrylic on canvas painting

"Mayan Madness" - Long Beach News - Ione Citrin's "Mayan Madness" is a very stylized acrylic-on-canvas painting featuring sweeping strokes of color; offering action to the overall piece. At the center, a Mayan deity (?) stands almost possessed with the knowledge of what will come or has passed. Citrin's painting projects history and a great sense of tragedy.

The ritualistic dance performed before battle psychologically prepares the Mayan warrior for the encounter which might cost him his life and those of his fellow warriors. The frenzy of the ceremony is propelled by constant puffs on their native pipes filled with a mash of various psychedelic producing herbs. The drums and rattles sound off, the pipes are smoked, the chanting becomes deafening, and one by one they join their fellow warriors to run into battle. Whether they win or not, we don't know. This is a portrait of one of the soldiers painted before their encounter.

Mojave Sunset

28" x 24"
acrylic on canvas

Mojave Sunset indian southwest abstract oil painting

Lovebirds of Santa Fe

14" high x 11" wide

Lovebirds of Santa Fe pastel

My Indian

10" x 8"
oil on canvas

My Indian, oil painting on canvas


20" h x 18" w

An Indian maiden practices her arrowship.

Bullseye, pastel

"Bullseye" - Depicts an Indian woman shooting a bow and arrow with great determination and resolve. She is dramatic, beautiful and aggressive, and would make an exciting companion to any wall.

Starry Starry Night

14" x 11"
oil on canvas

Starry Starry Night, oil painting on canvas


20" x 18"

Tomahawks, assemblage

The Ocerinas

24" x 18"
mixed media

The Ocerinas, oil painting on canvas

Glass Pinata

23" x 16"
mixed media

Glass Pinata mixed media

"Glass Pinata" - A mixed media piece housed in a plexiglass box frame consisting of 90% colored glass pieces arranged on hand made paper depicting a central flower surrounded by petals.


32" x 24"
mixed media

Teno, mixed media

Sign of the Cross

40" x 30"
mixed media
Cover - Art Calendar, December 2002 issue.

Sign of the Cross mixed media

Mayan Bonesetter

30" x 40"
mixed media

Mayan Bonesetter mixed media


22" h x 16" w
mixed media

Azteca mixed media

Yes It Is Me

38" x 31" x 8"
mixed media

Yes It Is Me mixed media

Little Golden Bird

40" x 36"
assemblage in plexiglass box

Little Golden Bird assemblage in plexiglass box

Copper Canyon Collage

36" x 18"
mixed media

Copper Canyon Collage, mixed media


26" x 36"
oil on canvas

Albuquerque abstract painting

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