The artist of the month of February at the Multicultural Center is Joseph (Joe) Cochrane. Cochrane was born at the Blood Indian Hospital on January 12, 1943 in the Blood Reserve in Alberta, CA; he came from a large family with 12 siblings. He started drawing during his early school years at Standoff Day School. A few of his friends and him used to go back to the school after dinner, so we could draw. A local artist, Two Gun, seeing their interest, started coming to the school to teach them about art. Two Gun taught them how to mix colors and paint with oil. Two Gun painted scenery, and he had his mentees to look at all the different colors in nature. Cochrane says, “His most important advice I remember was to never copy someone else’s work. Two Gun encouraged us to paint what was in our minds and memories.” Twenty years ago in his home, Cochrane started painting again and sold his paintings to local people and the tribal administration. He renewed his love for painting when he moved to Havre a few years ago. He does oil paintings of scenery and some other pieces related to his Blackfoot culture. He adds, “I don’t sell them, but I give them to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My wife also has a collection.” These days oil paintings is one of his hobbies.
Cochrane is presenting the piece, Moving Camp, oil (19 X 16). It depicts a woman who is moving from camp to camp with her two children and dogs. “It is just a scene in my head,” he says. This woman is riding a horse and the horse has painted some sort of war story.
The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 265-3589.