Originally I was going to paint The Weather Dancer in an interior setting, but the very image of the finished painting came to me very late one night when I was fast asleep. Hence the title, The Weather Dancer Dream . . .’
Combining his artistry with his subconscious instinct, Terpning captures the glory of the Blackfoot Weather Dancer a priestly figure charged with the responsibility to keep the weather favorable at the Sundance Ceremony. The majesty of Terpning’s art matches the majesty of a man who could part a storm standing amidst a deluge without being dampened before the rain would come to an inexplicable but merciful end.