Primarily a sculptor and mixed media artist, Lillian Pitt’s lifetime of works include artistic expressions in clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, and most recently, glass. Born on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, she is a descendent of Wasco, Yakama, and Warm Springs people. The focus of her work draws on over 12,000 years of Native American history and tradition of the Columbia River region. Lillian’s contemporary works are all aimed at giving voice to her people. “Everything I do, regardless of the medium, is directly related to honoring my ancestors and giving voice to the people, the environment, and the animals. It’s all about maintaining a link with tradition and about honoring the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.” Her works have been exhibited and reviewed throughout the Pacific Northwest, nationally and internationally, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions.
Pitt writes, “River Guardian will watch over the flowing river, the mountains, people boating, runners, cyclists and passersby. It will stand as tribute to the resilience and enduring presence of native peoples, especially those of my people from the Columbia River Gorge. It is designed with several themes in mind: honoring the ancestors, respect for nature, healing and understanding, and sustainability.”