The Spiritual Messenger, Greeting Cards
Cultural Origin: Santee Oglala Sioux, Manitoba
Born in Manitoba to Santee Oglala Sioux parents, Maxine Noel spent the first few years of her life on her mother's reserve, which she left at the age of six to attend an Indian residential school. She started out as a legal secretary, but her career soon took a back seat to painting and drawing. It was during a graduate course in design that one of her teachers noticed her penchant for linear expression and encouraged her to render movement through shapes and lines. She learned this lesson very well, judging by most of her work. Maxine has since gone on to become a master not only in the art of painting and drawing, but also in the practice of silkscreen printing, etching and stone lithography. Recently she has turned her attention to the reproduction of works in moulded paper and cast bronze.
Her work is of great interest, allowing her to devote herself entirely to artistic creation.
Maxine Noel signs her works with her Sioux name IOYAN MANI, "She who goes further".