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Gene Lehmann – Indian Country – 12 March 2014 (originally published 09 Mar)
OKLAHOMA CITY– When the black linen was removed, Bill Scott drew a deep breath, his eyes filled with tears and a smile crossed his lips.
Unveiled before him was a portrait of his mother, famed Chickasaw aviator Pearl Carter Scott.
The oil on canvas depicts the dynamic Chickasaw woman as a 13-year-old girl. She is decked out in leather aviator clothing. Eye-saving goggles and a protective leather cap are loosely held in her left hand. Scott also is adorned with a white scarf tied around her neck as additional protection. A frequent Oklahoma summer sight–puffy cumulus clouds–rises above the scene created by acclaimed Oklahoma City artist Christopher Nick . . .