Mono Pine Nut Harvest
Geoff Buckner is a self-taught artist initially exploring the use of acrylic paints on canvas. Geoff’s love of the outdoors started as a child when he spent his youth in coastal San Diego during the school year and extended camping trips with his family in the Eastern Sierras every summer.
He has always felt the call of the wild whether it is surfing at his beloved Sunset Cliffs or hiking and climbing in the Sierra high country. Today he has the good fortune to live part time in both San Diego and Mammoth. Painting has allowed him to slow down to capture the natural beauty of the places he loves.
Every artist in the Mono Arts Council Gallery + Art Center is invited to show their art because they are either a resident of the Eastern Sierra or have strong ties to the community. We support both emerging and experienced artists in our space and 50% of all proceeds go directly to the artist while the other 50% goes to support arts education right here in Mono County.
9" x 12" Original Oil Painting, Framed.
Note from Artist: I painted this at the head of Lee Vining Canyon looking to the north during pine nut season. I have had the pleasure of being introduced to Paiute culture as part of my work. The pine nut season was huge because it was a very important food source. If the Pinyon Pines didn’t produce nuts, people starved.
All the Great Basin Paiutes would come together in the fall in the mountains to celebrate and collect the pine nuts. The different bands in the Great Basin (fish eaters, trout eaters, squirrel eaters, etc..) would all come together as one working together as a community to collect and store pine nuts. Like the Aspen grove, we all are connected and need to work together as one organism to live the best life possible. Our native cultures and how they lived so connected and close to the earth and each other, out of necessity, is what inspired me for the rooted theme. Nothing has changed, we need each other now more than ever.
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