When nine-year-old Joshua Wedzin of Behchoko, N.W.T., isn't watching TV, playing with his brother or at school, he is at work in his artist father's studio, painting the stars.

 His father, James Wedzin, is a well known Tlicho artist who taught himself and then trained at art school in Victoria. He draws inspiration from the landscape around Behchoko.

James said his son began watching him create artwork a few years ago. James said he would get up at 4 a.m. and head over to his studio to work on a carving or painting, and an hour later his son would get himself out of bed just to watch him work.

Joshua recalls being mesmerized by his father's artwork. "His painting was beautiful was [what I thought] when I first seen them," he said. James, 43, had been teaching others before deciding to take a break. That gave him the opportunity to teach his son.

"So this one day I asked him 'would you like to paint?' First he says 'I just want to watch first.' And then I painted and talked with him... I didn't bug him to paint at the time... and then finally one day he came in and says 'I want to paint northern lights.'"

James taught his son how to mix and match colours, how to handle a paint brush and more importantly, why he makes art.

"I tell my son often being an artist is really important... artists have a story to tell without speaking. It comes from the mind and what you love doing. If you love the landscape, or the animals, then you put them on the canvas with paint. And then you tell your story through your art."

His encouragement seems to have paid off for Joshua. "Growing up watching my dad I felt kind of happy that I was painting. It was fun and exciting to paint," said Joshua.

James said he is extremely proud and not surprised by how talented his son is. Now, watching his son has influenced his own work, he said. They are teaching each other.

Responses to "See what this 9-year-old Tlicho boy can paint, inspired by his artist father"

  1. Superbe paintings...thanksS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Unknown says:

    thank you for sharing your work Joshua

  3. Where can I buy some of JOSHUA WEDZIN PICTURES


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