Born and raised in the Pickens District of the Chickasaw Nation, Lance Straughn gained an appreciation for the Native American culture at an early age. He gained firsthand experience in Native American traditions attending pow-wows with his Chickasaw grandmother. He has called on the memories of these experiences in creating his paintings.
A self-taught artist, he started developing his talent at an early age, drawing on anything he could find, sometimes to the horror of his parents.
While living in New Mexico, he fell in love with southwest art and developed his technique painting portraits of the Pueblo Indians.
He was encouraged to develop his abilities by his Uncle, Clayburn Straughn, Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes and Chickasaw Hall of Fame Inductee. That encouragement was instrumental in his entering a Goddard Art Center competition, winning a top award on his first try. His paintings have since won awards in several other competitions including 1st place painting at the 2011 Chickasaw Festival South East Art Show and Market.
Always trying to broaden his skills, he is now also attempting sculpting, both bronze and granite. His bronze sculptures are inspired by his uncle, Clayburn Straughn. He learned granite sculpting from Jesús Moroles, 2008 National Medal of Arts Award Winner.
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