Mosiah Yellowhand Ware: Expressive Creations





Southern Plains Indian Museum to feature an online exhibition of artwork by Mosiah Ware 


ANADARKO, OKLAHOMA: Expressive Creations,a special online exhibition of mixed media paintings by Mosiah Ware, presented by the Southern Plains Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, is available at the following site:

Mosiah Ware is a talented painter who specializes in mixed media artwork. An enrolled member of the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, he is also a freelance artist and a full-time student at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, majoring in graphic arts. Mr. Ware resides in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Raised in Anadarko, he was surrounded by many talented Indian artists who helped to spark his passion for art and significantly influenced his creative process. While still in elementary school, Mr. Ware took an interest in drawing, beginning with stick figures and cartoons. He drew on every scrap piece of paper he could find to practice his art. 

After graduating high school, Mosiah served six years in the United States Army. During his service, he was stationed in various military bases and deployed for one year to Afghanistan. Following his return to civilian life, he began exploring his artistic pursuits, driven by a desire to express himself creatively. 

His current artwork draws inspiration from Delaware and Kiowa histories and cultures, as well as contemporary issues in his community. Conversation with family members can play a role in developing ideas for new artwork. Inspiration also comes from studying other artwork and adapting those elements into his own style and techniques.

When Mr. Ware is ready to begin a painting, he listens to music as a source of further inspiration. The feelings generated by a significant song guide him as he converts his thoughts to notes and sketches on paper. He then begins to transfer these ideas to a blank canvas, using oil or acrylic paints. 

Mr. Ware would like viewers of his art to be able to connect with his feeling at the time he makes each piece. Mr. Ware is meticulous in the details of his work, occasionally spending as much as six months perfecting a painting. As he gains more experience and skill as an artist, Mr. Ware’s art continues to change and develop in new and meaningful ways. 

Mr. Ware’s art has been exhibited at the Cameron University Art building in Lawton, Oklahoma, and is included in numerous private collections. This exhibit marks the first time his art has been exhibited in a professional museum setting and is Mr. Ware’s first solo exhibition. The artwork featured in the exhibition may be purchased by contacting Mosiah Ware directly at

The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board.