a snapshot of the artist:
Waqaa! Wiinga atqa, Apay'u, short for Apay'uq. I am the daughter of Tom Hoseth and Debbie Snyder. Granddaughter to Mike and Bertie Hoseth of Dillingham and Raymond and Katie Moore of Twin Hills.
I grew up in Yup'ik country, here in Bristol Bay and am a product of our rich and vibrant Yup'ik culture. My story is not unique to our people, and I find that our strengths are in our likeness. Struggle has been a common theme, as it is for many others who are currently living modern colonized lives. But the root values of our people carry us forward to see the best in life and to keep going in meaningful ways. Each step forward, is a small gift to our future generations.
My grandpa Raymond gave me my Yup'ik name, Apay'uq. He was my grandpa's fishing partner, my great-grandmas brother. The people who loved him, showered me with his love and humor my entire life. In our Yup'ik way, we treat namesakes like we treated their predecessor. Some of the best compliments I treasure have been from my grandma. She'll often begin laughing after I tease her for being so serious, and comment that I tease her like old, Apay'uq. To bring laughter to a person I love, is my most cherished gift.
It has been a journey to get to where I am, but today, I find myself as a mom, raising two kids off grid in Aleknagik, Alaska, like the 10,000 years of Yup'ik moms before me. My goal is to be as honest as those who have come before me, to be kind and to love others. What a magical life we live, and I hope my work brings more light to the vibrant hearts of our People. Kenka tuukniruq (Love is Powerful).
Info ABOUT PEBBLE and bristol bay
PAINTING: I started selling commissioned work in 2003, but since then have slowed down on commissions to focus on my vision and sell self inspired work. I work primarily with acrylic on canvas. I enjoy painting because of the quick results and instant satisfaction of experiencing a visual feeling. My mood drives my subject matter and often switches between humor, romance and life values.
MURALS: My first 'mural' was painted in the Dillingham High School hallway in 2001 based off of school spirit that our principal asked me to paint. My first public mural was in 2005 and first community mural project in 2007. Since then I have completed about 1 mural a year. I have murals/community murals in Dillingham, New Stu, Juneau, Anchorage, Bethel, Arctic Village and Igiugig
It is still something that I'm experimenting with and so far subjects have been based on culture and landscape, but I'd like to push my boundaries with style and composition in the near future. I've also yet to work with professional muralists and hope to gain insight and training to improve.
TEE SHIRTS: Tee shirt designing was something that started in 2006 for laughs. My first shirt design was poking fun of Dillingham with our youthful and rebellious nickname, D-Hole. Since then it has evolved to share the light hearted personality and humor of our region. Although every now and then my rebel pops out and I showcase my screw pebble design that I came up with in college.
GRAPHIC DESIGN: I took graphic design at Fort Lewis College and occasionally take on commissions for logo design. It's more of a hobby since I've decided to follow my heart through painting.