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Don't judge a book by its cover, or so it is said. But, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even pick a book up to read the back cover blurb if I didn't like the picture on the front. The bookstore contains a dizzying array of choice, so you have to get noticed.
I wanted something evocative, masterful and reflective of the period in which the story was set, and Five Star publishing were committed to engaging their graphic design expertise to assist, so I was called upon to summarise my ideas and contribute to their process. A list of the characters and a summary of the various threads of the storyline did little more than complicate, confuse and frustrate. I couldn't envisage an image that would have the simplicity, depth and textural tone necessary to convey the style of the novel. A review of on-line images seemed to provide no more optimism. Then, I found the works of Matthew Schwartz, Spadecaller.
Native American Sioux with Bison by Matthew Schwartz, Spadecaller
Matt lives in Clearwater, Florida, and his works embrace a 'reverence for nature and a devotion to spirituality' that exudes from the canvas. His approach to commenting upon the world through the medium of his art resonates with the culture and way of life of the Lakota, the proponents of Native's storyline, with such power that I became fixated upon securing consent to use one of his images.
And, after many months of attempting to track him down, I am delighted to confirm that Matt has agreed to permit me to use his amazing painting 'Native American Sioux with Bison' as the front cover for Native. This is it!
More of Matt's work can be seen at www.spadecallerart.com