We also have the pleasure of owning one of his paintings (a very small, but very satisfying one nonetheless!) and hope one day, when I can return to earning a living once again, to purchase a larger Niska.
I also had the ‘honour’ of falling down Francois and Elona’s stairs at their home on the day I first met Francois and picked out our painting. Several of the welds gave way on their steel stairway sending me crashing to the bottom. Fortunately, nothing but the stairstep was broken, and we had a good laugh about it. I suspect the fall had more to say about my gravitationally-challenged body than the stairs. At any rate, I now have a great story to go along with our Niska!
Niska has received countless honours, has been written about in many books, and has just been featured in a two-part documentary called Niska: Painter of the Soul:
- Supreme Master Television: Niska: Painter of the Soul (part 1)
Niska is proof-positive of the reality that the most terrible events in one’s life can change that life in a profoundly positive way. He was nearly killed in an accident as a young boy and saw ‘the light’ of God, and has spent the past 60 years trying to capture its magic in his paintings in order to share it with the rest of us.
You can learn more about Niska and his many accomplishments here, but I highly recommend that you first take a tour of the light with him via the documentary before you go.
- Niska: www.niska.org
Mark Vandermaas, Editor