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Lisa McDonald was born in Edmonton, AB and currently lives in Norman Wells, NT. Her emerging art varies in genre and taste; she enjoys sewing with beads, making traditional slippers, mitts and mukluks, card holders, working with moose-hide, caribou, strond and canvas. Lisa also enjoys photography, taking pictures of wildlife and landscapes, enexpectedly "in the moment". She also enjoys working with wood and acrylic paints, she enjoys painting end tables, coffee tables, etc., adding designs to perk them up. Lisa was taught art at a young age from her Grandmother Mary and her mom Margaret. She learned by watching them and others sew, she likes to look at other artists work and get idea's and different techniques that are used. Lisa has many talented artists in her family; her mother Margaret sews traditional wear and sews beutiful embroidery. Her aunts, Violet, Ruby, Rosie, MJ and Betty also sew traditional wear and do exceptional work. Her cousin Jackie also sews well. Her brother Blaine and son Jaryd are drawing artists. "All in all everyone is an artist to some degree, but I have a very talented family and I am very proud of them." "I did not go to art school or anything, but living and growing up in the Sahtu Region, I am surrounded by artists and their work. My Grandmother and her sisters were talented sewers. Anything I have learned was past on to me from my Grandmother and Mother and also by asking other and watching other work. I learn best by hands-on work and practicing different techniques." "I always loved to do work with my hands. Growing up I never believed I had the inner artist in me and always doubted myself, so growing up, I sewed a few times but because of that belief I never really allowed myself to be really open and artistic." "Take time for our youth, it is so hard for us in this day and age and I know what it is like to be shunned and left out. Alcohol is such an easy way out and our youth need to know that they are needed, they are smart and they are worth something. We need to start positive and work with them because they are our future. I love my children and nieces and nephews. I hope I can pass my abilities on to them."