With each touch of ink Kitana Connelly navigates her journey of Indigenous heritage and healing. Connelly, also known as Twahna an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is a descendant of the Molalla Tribe and the Klickitat Tribe. She is an artist entrepreneur who is amplifying the spiritual lifeways of Indigenous cultures in both modern and traditional practices. Connelly is part of the second cohort of residents at PMRCAA alongside Megan Wiessner and Lindsey Danae Perez.

Transitioning from the fast-paced world of digital art for video games to the intuitive realm of abstract expressionism in 2020, Kitana found solace in the act of creation, using alcohol-based ink as her medium of choice and guiding the liquid with her hands rather than paint brushes. She creates her own techniques to express what’s needed in each piece.

Her artwork serves as a bridge between past and present, offering a space for both personal and collective healing. “The intention of my brand and my artwork is to promote different ways of healing within the Indigenous communities and offering space for not just us to heal but the generations before us, and for the land to heal because it was going through it with us,” said Connelly.

“In my experience as an artist, to create means to connect with something greater than myself. My co-creations are influenced by my connection to Spirit, and the Land,” said Connelly. “I paint with ink because it portrays energy well since it is a liquid medium.”

Pine Meadow’s Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture’s theme of transitions and migrations resonates naturally through Connelly’s work by honoring traditional lifeways while embracing modern techniques, Kitana’s art embodies the essence of transition—a continual process of growth and self-discovery.

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Published On: April 1st, 2024 / Categories: Pine Meadow Ranch, Pine Meadow Ranch Programs /