Apr 17, 2014

Spotlight Story Artist Series: Tmari Ti' na of Kuwa Katsi

Tmari Ti' na Johnson
(pronounced; Tim are ee Tie nay)
Studio Kuwa Katsi  
can be seen here

Hibiscus House is proud to present Artist Tmari Ti' na Johnson, in her own words:

I was born in the 60s.  I got polio 6 months later, that is a whole other story there.  I stayed in the hospital until I was 9 months old.

I was sent to be raised by my Chickasaw Great Grandmother until I was 6 years old.  I learned a great deal from this great grandmother.  I learned to speak Chickasaw, beadwork, rug weaving, basket making, drum making, herbal medicine.

I was then sent back to my parents and 4 brothers.

I learned how to draw and paint from my Choctaw Grandmother.  I learned how to cook from my Ohlone/Italian grandmother and her Italian mother.

I learned how to build things from wood, carve fetishes, communicate with nature spirits, dream walk and work with crystals from my Chickasaw/Welsh Grandfather.  I was casting/reading Runes by 10.

I learned English by the 3rd grade.  I still talk sideways when I get excited. (lol).  I am very creative and often my work has several meanings to it.  Those that pick up on it can see it right off; those that are not as in tune never see it.  I don't point this out to anyone, this way they can make the discovery on their own.  If they see it, they tell me.

I have done commissioned pieces over the years for all sorts of people, for many different reasons, subjects etc.  Not many people want to know that there is healing power in color/images/texture.  They just like what they see and that's all they care to know about the piece.  That's alright.  Those who want to know more will ask me.

I don't go around advertising or promoting myself as an Artistic Shaman or anything like that.  My work has ended up in homes, offices, banks, schools all around the USA, Canada and Germany.

This is my only source of income, I don't get any aid for being disabled.  I don't get any aid for being Native American.  I do my craft in whatever form that is at the time of doing....

Tmari Ti' na 

dolly's designs has Tmari's Art Gallery up for more beautiful 
artwork here
Please take the time to see these pieces and contact Tmari for any art she may have on hand or to commission her to do what she does best!

You can contact Tmari:
Her work is shown on her Facebook Page Kuwa Katsi  
She sells from this site. Kuwa Katsi Studio Store
You can write to here this address:
Kuwa Katsi Studio
Tmari Ti' na Johnson
Po Box 331
Reed Point, MT.  59069

I want to thank you Tmari for sharing your very interesting life and talents with us.


  1. What an amazing and talented artist and such an interesting history. Thanks for sharing Dolly!

    1. Hi, I agree she is such a nice person too. Thank you!

  2. Such an inspiration Ti'na! I'm glad to have met you.