Four Serpents was inspired by a design that I saw on a pamphlet in the Cowichan Tribes band office. I wanted to depict four serpents in a circle. It goes beyond being the spirit of spindle whorls because the circle in the middle is quite large. It is an expression of respect towards animals and nature through a visual depiction of serpents.
lessLIE, or Leslie Robert Sam (born 1973) is a Coast Salish artist from Duncan, BC. This highly talented and original artist works in multi-media, but particularly enjoys dealing with serigraphs. As a graduate student at the University of Victoria, he studied conventional Coast Salish art. The artist draws on traditional iconographic elements, while inventively intertwining his art with contemporary texts.