When Wild Foods needed a theme for the program and the website, host and producer Tracey Kim Bonneau went straight to artist Lee Claremont of West Kelowna.
Lee’s task was to create a painting that reflected the tie between the people and the Four Food Chiefs of Syilx legend. Her vibrant work portrayed a woman, inspired by Wild Foods host Tracey Bonneau, whose very being flows into and connects with the land. The representations of each of the Four Food Chiefs – Bear, Saskatoon Berry, Bitter Root and Salmon – are used extensively as graphic icons in the program and in the website.
Lee is Mohawk and Irish and was born in Woodstock, Ontario on the territory of the Grand River Six Nations Ontario. Lee received her BFA (Honors) from the University of British Columbia and now resides in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC.
Lee is well known for her incredible use of colour and her very distinct and recognizable palette is a rainbow that showers us with a positive sense of emotional energy and healing. Lee also thinks that humour is also a great healer and in many of her paintings you can find a sense of playfulness that brings a smile in your heart.
“I am a visual storyteller and colour speaks to me in an intimate language and we become one in the telling of the story,” Lee says. “There is no doubt my indigenous world view plays a large part in the explosion of colour that busts with the world of the painting. They are an articulation to formulate the existence of the past intermingled with the contemporary.”
Lee has a strong commitment, enthusiasm and passion for her community, family and friends. Lee has recently retired from the En’Owkin Centre in Penticton, an international Aboriginal College where she was a well-respected instructor.
Lee Claremont’s exhibits her work locally, nationally and internationally and her paintings can be found in government, corporate. and private collections throughout the world.
Wild Food is the antidote to boring, unhealthy food. Host Tracey Bonneau takes viewers on an adventure every week, hunting for big game, fishing for wild salmon, digging for little known edible roots and berries, and then turning those healthy foods into a spectacular meal.