I did this when I was teaching youth-at-risk and got my students to ‘tag’ it.
It’s about how young people are dazzled by the lights then end up in the back alleys. Our program was to guide them in a positive manner through ART then take their discipline, confidence, talent, skills aquired to finishing what they left behind or lost. Majority who finished the course of 8 months went on to finsih their high school, entered Unversity or some college. These were tough street ‘kids’ who had talent in Art but never realized what they had; something that made them special and unique.


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I am a Native – First Nations visual artist, writer and author from Saskatoon, Canada.

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  • Breathe
    Breatheover 6 years ago

    Thank you.

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneover 6 years ago

    Everybody should see this!!!!

  • abefleur
    abefleurover 6 years ago

    A really powerful image with a powerful message – great work Arnold.

  • Symmetry44
    Symmetry44over 6 years ago

    Wow does this piece speak volumes. I think this might be my favorite painting yet.

  • jamiewinter
    jamiewinterover 6 years ago

    so sorrowfull an image. excellent

  • Arnold Isbister
    Arnold Isbisterover 6 years ago

    thanks evryone. One of my favorites too cause all my students tagged it. After their cussing, throwing things around, tantrums, fights, this will be one of my Life’s best memories. Six(6) went onto University and/or college, 2 others finished their Gr XII, 2 are serious artists. I did this for 2 years until I needed a break.

  • Colin Tobin
    Colin Tobinover 6 years ago

    OUTSTANDING work!!

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonover 6 years ago

    Powerful my friend. It says allot.
    You are so very gifted Arnold.


  • Arnold Isbister
    Arnold Isbisterover 6 years ago

    thanks Rog and Colin.

  • elfevans
    elfevansover 6 years ago

    Your work will be never forgotten!

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