Jeanne Rorex Bridges
In January 2012, the thoughtful art of Cherokee artist Jeanne Rorex Bridges was exhibited at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Jeanne, who is a member of the Echota Cherokee tribe of Alabama, is an Oklahoman artist whose work portrays Native American women and children – many times featured amongst solemn landscapes. She works from her home studio, which is on the same farm land that she was lived as a child – in Oktaha, in eastern Oklahoma.
Her childhood years contributed to her lifelong career as an artist. School and chores kept her busy, but there was also the lack of today’s technology to free her from distractions. Her parents were storytellers, adding to her imagination. While each of Jeanne’s paintings may appear to be a portrait of a Cherokee woman or mother with child, or a landscape – much thought went into the artwork – based off of the childhood stories shared by her parents. She chooses not to use people as her subjects, but fans of her work will tell her that they relate to it because it may remind them of their grandmother, or other female relative.
Rorex attended Bacone College and studied under notable Native American artist, Dick West. As she developed her style, she also gained national acclaim for her work. She considers it a gift to be an artist. Her favorite accomplishment was illustrating the children’s book, “Crossing Bok Chitto” written by Tim Tingle. It was her first book to illustrate and it went on to win more 18 national and international awards by the time of the 2012 show. She continues to hold an annual holiday show at her home in her newly-renovated studio. To learn more about Jeanne and her art, visit her website: https://www.rorexbridgesart.com/