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About Penney Lockhart

If you want detail you want a Lockhart. Creating pieces in the mediums of Ink, Sand and Watercolor, she gives you a view of Native American History, views of wildlife and the western past. In using transparent glazing she makes her pieces look like oils. So when you view her work you see every blade of grass, the texture of fur, to the lines in a face and beads on regalia. The sand pieces are one of a kind, built up so that the shadow from the nose - is from the nose, and folds in the materials and wrinkles in the face are really built up. When the light hits it, just sparkles. On the whimsical side of her she loves to Illustrate children’s books, that’s where her imagination really blooms. 

Her work has been shown in many top art shows over the years. In Mother Earth-One People Show, Portland Oregon, she took second place in Watercolors, third place in Mixed Mediums,and two Honorable Mentions. Always doing her research on her subjects she is sure to give credit to writers and photographers that have helped her in doing her pieces. In honoring the Mountain Maidu of Northern California she has portrayed the first Maidu Man in the history of the U.S. and the Mountain Maidu People. In Pendleton, Oregon she has placed two pieces in the New Round-up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, one on Jackson Sundown, Nez Perce, first Native American to win World Championship in 1916 Pendleton Roundup at the age of 50 (watercolor) and Tessie Williams, Cayuse/Nez Perce a wonderful Elder that has given so much to her people and to the Roundup (Sand Portrait). In our area she has honored Bill Moore at the Kitsap Indian Center, Pow-Wow  We honored him for being a spiritual leader and helper for 20 years along with the other elders of the center. She attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina for an Associates in Graphic Illustration, she has been in the arts field for 41 years of her life. In 2003 she celebrated 20 years business in Washington, and in 2004 she was put in the “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” publication. 

Find more of her artwork at fineartamerica.com.  She can be seen in the first publication of “Northwest’s Artists”, a coffee table book in 2005, and is a foundation member of Northwest Artists Association. In 2008 she came out in “Artists of The West” previewing her Sand Sculptures and children's story book illustrations.  She has showed her art at Amy Burnett's Lower Gallery, in the Power of `10 + 4 Show in Bremerton, WA. 2008-2010. In 2010 she was accepted into the Echota Cherokee Tribe Of The State Of Alabama and put on the roles as Creek Native American. She also is involved with Canoe Journeys on the Northwest Coast, a member of the Hayu Tilixam Canoe Soc. Inc. Just lately she has shown her art at the Municipal Tower in Seattle at the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery from October of 2013 to January 2014. Her Native heritage comes from the Tombigbee River area of Alabama from the Bakers and  McIntosh's who married into the Browns. She carries her Grandmothers name, White Fawn.

History of Tombiglee (Tombigbee) and my family

The meaning of Tombigbee has to do with the Choctaw People who lived by the river.  The word means Casket Makers. The Choctaw had a sect of  people (men and women) that grew their hair and nails long. A rite was performed a couple of days after the persons death. The professional bone pickers would come and prepare the body. They wore distinctive tattoos of their position. After the body was prepared the bones were put into a casket for burial. This is where the river gets its name, and my studio’s name is a little different from the river’s name.

But how does this pertain to the studio and me?

In 1808, Asa Brown of Pampret, Connecticut and Mary Marie Baker of Tombigbee married in the St. Louis Cathedral, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Asa was English and Marie was Creek. They had six children, Marie died giving birth to the last child in 1832. Asa remarried but he died in the Civil War from disease, fighting on the southern side in 1863.
Through research from Harriet Turner ( Porter ) Corbin's book, A History & Genealogy of a  Chief William McIntosh Jr. and his known descendants,  plus my family letters from our own Genealogist in the family it states that the McIntosh's lived one side of the Tombigbee River while the Baker families lived on the other side. Maries heritage comes from a union between these Bakers and McIntosh's. The Bakers were Creek. It is suspected that the well known Chief William McIntosh is related to me.
There is also an Alexander McIntosh mentioned in our heritage along with William McIntosh so I do have some Scott in me too.  I have to look into Alexander more but have found much on William Jr. Being his grandfather, John McIntosh was of Highland Scottish origin and was given a land grant from the King George of England. He had a trading post (or truck house) and was living along the Tombigbee. His son William, had a chance to meet and married a woman with high status of the Wind Clan. She was a Creek, who’s name was said to be Senyoa. Her three brothers were Chiefs of their people, Chief Tuskehenshaw, Chief To moc Mico and Chief Colonel Howard. Normally this marriage would not take place because the clans married with in the clan. And doing this you could be kicked out of the clan. But because William was in the Kings Army as a Colonel in charge of  a contingent of Red Sticks, which were Creek Warriors he was considered good marriage material. These family’s were known to be on the river as early as 1750. Through the years the English side of the family hid this information or may not have known all of this. Communications were not as good as now or a lot of history would have been changed. Albert Holmes Brown, Asa and Maries son said he did not know his family’s background. He did not know that he would have a granddaughter that became a professional Genealogist and went looking into the family history. She found Native American connections. Her grandfathers position as Fourth State Treasurer of Oregon, and later a Senator, would have been in jeopardy if they knew he was part Native American. His son, (the second Asa,) Asa Lee Brown was affiliated with the Democratic Party and in 1912 was nominated for Senator. He was a well known Rancher that owned a 560 acre tract of land near Haines, Oregon. Well elections can be dirty and they found out about the Native American in the family. He did not get elected.  I’m the fifth generation of this union of the first Asa and Mary Marie Brown.

I am now a member of  The Echota Cherokee Nation of the State of Alabama. I am on the rolls as Creek, but under the umbrella of the Echota Cherokee.

I’m the last of Mary Marie Bakers Blood.


Education

Attending Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina for her Associates Degree in Graphic Illustration. She has been in the art field for 35+years. She is now working to get her Bachelors Degree in Biblical Theology at Covenant Bible Seminary in Lakewood, Washington.

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