A Native of Western New York Geoffrey Harding has long been fascinated with the lore of the Woodland Indian, especially the Haudenosaunee of upstate New York. Self-motivated and self directed, Harding began to draw and paint at a very young age and has developed a uniquely personal style in the years he has dedicated to creating his art. His devotion manifests itself in his obvious master of pencils, acrylics, watercolors and oil. The artist currently lives and works in upstate New York. From his studio overlooking Lake Ontario, he derives Inspiration from the surroundings landscape and his abiding love of nature. Plants, animals and natural surroundings are his essential resources of imagery and inspiration. Correlating these with Native philosophies he creates a reflection of a now-vanished way of life. Growing up in the shadows of Fort Niagara exposed him to the history and intrigue of the 18th Century. His deep commitment and sincere connection to the Eastern Woodland Indian gives power and life to his paintings. Geoff feels that when you look into the eyes of his subjects you should be looking into their souls. He exclusively uses Native people as models in order to insure the honesty and quality of his artwork. Harding participates in “Living History events” or re-enactments of the French and Indian and Revolutionary War periods throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania. His paintings have been long sought after as cover art for publications such as Muzzleloader Magazine, On The Trail, Susquehanna Life, Capstone Press, Backwoodsman and numerous book covers for Wennawoods publishing and other historic publications.