Simone McLeod

A First Nations woman, mother, and grandmother and medicine painter named Earth Blanket

The beautiful pieces of artwork you see on the pages of this website are the creation of Simone McLeod.

SimoneMcLeodSimone is a Canadian First Nations artist, a painter and a poet with a mixed Nakawē Ojibwe Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) and Nêhiyaw (Cree) background. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1962, she is a descendant of a long line of Midewiwin seers, healers, and artists. Her traditional name is Aki’-egwaniizid, an Ojibwe name. “My name is Earth Blanket—all that covers the earth, such as grass, flowers and trees. The sun, the blankets and the flowers/rocks are all the same colours to show how all things are equal.”

Simone began experimenting with pencil, ink, charcoal, and pastels when she was just 13 years old. She waited for the right time to pursue painting. “Painting was something that I often thought of when I was a small child, but I felt that it was not the right time. I really believed that I had to wait until I could find something that had meaning for me. Each painting contains a piece of my soul. I have a strong faith in humankind, and my paintings are silent prayers of hope for the future.”

Simone’s work is featured in collections around the world, as well as private and corporate collections across Canada.

Symbolism in Simone’s artwork

  • The Sun symbolizes the Creator or God (or a person of higher beliefs). The sun provides life to all things.
  • Blanket People are made up of blankets, which cover them completely, creating a sense of mystery.
  • Flowers represent the earth and are sometimes held by people to show their appreciation for Mother Earth’s gifts.