2018 Poster by Markus Pierson Tristian Wolfe
“TWO COYOTES LIGHT AS A FEATHER IN THE CRISP EVENING AIR, WE HAVE BUT ONE WISH: THAT TIME MIGHT SLOW AND ALLOW THIS WONDERFUL MOMENT TO LINGER. NOTHING MORE, JUST LET IT LINGER.”
The Coyote Series, inspired by the Joni Mitchell song; COYOTE, was created by Michigan native Markus Pierson in the summer of 1986.
Normally philosophical, entrepreneurial or romantic in nature, the “Coyotes” are a metaphor for people. They are a symbol of your reckless or wild side – a symbol of pursuing your dreams, wearing your heart on your sleeve and celebrating all of life’s ups and downs.
Markus chose the Coyotes (vs. painting people) because they allow him a broader and deeper range of emotional expression, channeling the rugged individualism, fearlessness and solitude of the Coyote’s life.
I want the Coyotes to whisper in your ears wild, irresponsible notions about self-determination and destiny. I want them to grab people by the scruffs of their necks…to inspire them…to change their lives.
They are like a velvet glove. I can hit you with a reality, even a harsh one, but the Coyotes themselves take the edge off the impact.