Daphne Odjig was born in Wikwemikong, on the Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She became interested in painting at a very young age and was influenced and mentored by her paternal grandfather, Jonas, with whom the young family lived. He nurtured her creative spirit and inspired her to follow her passion. In 1960 she received acknowledgement of her work for her pen and ink drawings of Cree Life in northern Manitoba. It was not until she started exploring the legends and spirituality of her people that she started painting in the Woodland School of Canadian art tradition. As a founding member of the Group of Seven, her paintings documented the struggles and joys of First Nation life and plurality. She combined both contemporary North American and European influences in her work, especially the works of Picasso, Van Gough and Emily Carr. She has received numerous prestigious awards and was a founding member of the Professional Indian Artists Association. Her works are held by public galleries throughout the world and her work is featured in many books and documentaries.