Signed print of Enoch Kelly Haney's Oklahoma: State of Courage
Oklahoma: State of Courage has been a long time visual image realized by Kelly...to create a piece of art which symbolically depicts Oklahoma. The Oklahoma flag ad the Red-tail Hawk constitute the heart of the piece. Images hidden in the feathers of the Hawk show several official state symbols of Oklahoma Heritage.
Enoch Kelly Haney (born November 12, 1940) is an American politician and internationally-recognized Native American artist from Oklahoma.He has served as Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma from 2005 until 2009, and was previously a member of the Oklahoma Legislature.
In addition to his political career, Haney is an internationally-recognized Native American artist, specializing in paintings and sculpture. He paints in oil, acrylic, and watercolor and draws with pastels, as well as sculpting with bronze. Haney was shown throughout the United States, as well as Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum declared him a Master Artist in 1976.
Most notably, he created "The Guardian," a 22-foot bronze sculpture which adorns the Oklahoma State Capitol dome. Modeled after Haney's own relatives, "The Guardian" took 10 months to complete, weighs 4,000 pounds, and was erected on June 7, 2002. Other artistic accomplishments include the "Chickasaw Warrior" sculpture at the Chickasaw Nation headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma, and the "Standing His Ground" sculpture at Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma.