This piece is a portrait of my brother who, to me, embodies the hope and strength that Generation Indigenous represents. I created his portrait with 3 patterns, embodying different characteristics of Gen-I. The leftmost is a vibrant and energetic saddle blanket design representing the initiative and persistent energy that Gen-I has to uplift its communities. The middle is a traditional banded design, representing the respect, and thoughtfulness that Gen-I possesses by being grounded in their elders’ teachings. The rightmost design is a storm-pattern design representing the leadership and dedication that Gen-I will continue to provide to their communities.

Darby was 19-24 prize winner and the overall Grand Prize winner for the 2018 Creative Native Call for Art. Her submission is featured on the cover of the 2018 State of Native Youth Report.