Totemic Spirit of the Kingfisher (2017) Ritchie Sinclair

Totemic Spirit of the Kingfisher
Ritchie Sinclair
acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, 72 inches x 48 inches, 2017.


Totemic Spirit of the Kingfisher depicts a Gathering of the People (pow wow) to invoke Kingfisher vision. In balancing the feminine with the masculine, the above with the below, and the within with the without, the seers see what there is to see. The observer and observed become one and abundance abounds.

Totemic Guardians of the Great Return (2016) Ritchie Sinclair

Totemic Guardians of the Great Return
Ritchie Sinclair
2016, 4ft x 5ft acrylic & copper on canvas, $6.6K

“Long ago cataclysm forced the People to journey far out into the ocean in search of a new home. One day they discovered a Seaway that led deep into a vast land of fresh water lakes teeming with life. As they ventured deeper they happened upon a beautiful island shaped like a turtle, with waters protected by a Sea Serpent and skies by a Great Thunderbird. The People were compelled to settle there and they thrived for many generations.”

This totemic goodwill painting considers the ancestral migration allegory of the Seven Fires Prophecy while offering talismanic empowerment for those so embraced by its aura and meaning. Over eons the cyclic struggle between the Thunderbirds of the Skies and the Serpents of the Deep play out their dramas through all earthly forms, including humankind, yet at the centre of the cyclone all is well.


  • The Thunderbird: – mastery of the air and of the upper-world.
  • The Turtle: – denotes longevity, stability and wisdom. This Turtle symbolizes our home, the womb, Mother Earth, the beaver lodge, the wigwam and the sacred sweat lodge. Here is safety and security. Here is the circle in the cycles at a point of perfect balance. Here is a living portal and time machine. Here is our beloved soul.
  • The Great Horned Serpent, Mishibijiw: – mastery of the water and of the underworld.


  • A Shaman and three Disciples in a grand canoe embark on vision quest through the seasons.
  • Three great Fish depict the abundance afforded by Thunderbird and Mishibijiw protection.
  • Six nesting Loons are symbolic guardians of the Great Lakes and of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • 24 Salmon represent the People; great souls who return to the source of their abundant lives to re-spawn yet again.

Comments about the painting, “Totemic Guardians of the Great Return”

  • “Wowww! So powerful so inspiring. Love it.” Pamela Tremblay-Hayes
  • “Beautiful love the colours.” Joan Faubert
  • “Wow, that’s amazing!” Tanzina Amin
  • “now that’s cool” Max Dipro
  • “Stunning & inspiring” Stéphanie Lynn
  • “Love it. Amazing!” Carlos Sa Rodrigues
  • “Lovely, simply lovely! And so powerfully colourful. And naturally I just love the symbolism, the simplicity and the explanations. And the Great Story too!” Tim Yearington
  • “Powerful, feeds my spiritual needs. Great work Ritchie.” Lise St-Arnaud
  • “Blue Salmon Fillets in a Delicious Tomato Broth” (may contain peanuts or various totem animals). But seriously, this is further proof of your genuine artistic talent.” Roland Kriewaldt
  • “Beautiful, Inspirational & Enlightening !” Steve Balla
  • “love is so inspiring for you : ) This is absolutely stunning. It is already lifting off the page then by adding the story, it put me in a river that is singing the story out to me as I gaze in wonder.” Kim Elkington
  • “Ritchie is a master of technique, colour and space. Stunning.” Julie Ann Bertram
  • “Absolutely stunning depiction.” Beth Rice Guindon
  • ” Wowzer … Amazing, truly stunning!!! Love it!!!” Lenadine Vellow-Eaton

Breath of the Spirit (2016) Ritchie Sinclair


Breath of the Spirit
Ritchie Sinclair
acrylic on canvas, 44 x 60 inches, 2016.

This painting depicts the Woodland School conjured into being by the great creative spirit of the Northwest Coast.

“The spirit comes through you. It is a very powerful creative force, you see. You could be a singer, you could be a writer, you could be a painter, you could be anything if you allow that spirit to flow.”

Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Return to the House of Invention (Key Porter)

The House of Invention (2016) Ritchie Sinclair


The House of Invention
Ritchie Sinclair
acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, 2016

“I believe that when I sleep, I get out of my body and I roam all the universe. I go to the inner planes. I go to the source. I even dare say I go to the source where all the inventors of mankind go… to the House of Invention.”

“Before settlers and priests came from the Old World in Europe, the Native people all over America used their imaginations freely. There was a vast amount of culture. I believe the people were going to the House of Invention.” …

“We are very creative in the House of Invention. Artists go there themselves, or stumble across it, voluntarily go, or go and they don’t remember when they wake up. As well, writers go there and musicians of all kinds go there and pick up their sheet music, which they play when they are awake.” …

“Now music and art are very healing things for people. So we allow ourselves to become instruments or channels for the Inner Master or spirit, so that we may inspire others. I have done this. I have inspired maybe one hundred and fifty followers, two generations of people. Wouldn’t it be nice if they would start to do something with the power they have? Those of us who are able to pick up these things that I am talking about here should allow ourselves to be used so that we can bring down the ideas from the House of Invention.”

Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Travels to the House of Invention, (Key Porter)

Ritchie Sinclair & Brona Wingell

Painting Lovescape

Twin Flames, One Love

Twin Flames, One Love is an ongoing, traveling exhibition of visionary paintings and collaborative murals by artists Broňa Wingell & Ritchie Sinclair.

Their breathtaking art features UV-reactive paintings that celebrate and chronicle the magical experience of love shared by the artists.

Known as “medicine art” or “vibrational art”, this talismanic energy and imagery has been passed down from ancient shamanic sources that are as beneficial and relevant today as they were eons ago. Twin Flames, One Love reconnects us to the organic, the universal and the sacred, enticing us to explore, create, and perhaps become; love.

Broňa Wingell from Bratislava, Slovakia, now resides in Toronto, Canada. She has a deep reverence for the spirit in all things and paints for the beauty inherent in the process.

Ritchie Sinclair, of Scottish lineage from Thunder Bay, Canada, apprenticed with shaman artist, Norval Morrisseau, and is a founding member of the Thunderbird School of Shamanistic Art.

The two partners-in-love paint, teach and exhibit together.