Hello. My name is Lisa Morrisseau. I am from Keewaywin First Nation. I was born in Cochenour, Ontario on November 20, 1968 to Norval and Harriet Morrisseau (Kakegamic). I have 5 brothers and 1sister. I come from a family of artists, four out of five brothers also paint, and their names are David, Pierre, Eugene, and Christian. My two nephew’s Kyle Morrisseau and Joshim Kakegamic (Christian’s sons) are the next generation of Morrisseau artists. I am so proud of them.
This gift was passed down from our late father Norval, Artist, Grand Shaman of the Ojibwas. After the death of our father, on December 4, 2007, I decided I wanted to pursue my own artistic talents. A lot of my of my inspiration came from my father, my brothers, and my late beloved Uncle Joshim Kakegamic. I still miss him terribly to this day.
I have a lot of fond and crazy memories of my father when I was a child, even when I was a baby crawling around. This really surprises my sister Victoria because she would say, how could you remember that? you were just a baby. Especially the times seeing him paint in the nude (ha-ha), or dancing around wearing his native masks. It scared me at first, but I got use to it. I remember when my parents separated, it hurt me so much. I felt the pain even as a baby. I use love watching him paint, I would be oohing and aahing in my baby talk.
I smudge in his memory and give him thanks for his assistance in seeing and painting my images on canvas. As I paint, I feel his presence and sometimes I feel someone touching my hand as I paint. It brings me tears of joy, knowing it’s my father guiding my brush. I’d say “hello father, nice of you to be here with me”.
I am hoping to please the masses with my artwork. I am getting rave reviews from my friends from all over the world. Friends from Italy, England, Egypt India, and Australia have asked me to come and so art exhibitions in their countries. This is something that I would love to do in the near future.
Thank you all. I am so proud to be referred as the Shaman’s Daughter. It is truly an honor. My first artworks has been displayed and sold through “Up in Frames” in Toronto (Oct. 08).