Thomas Sinclair is Ojibway from Couchiching First Nation. He grew up in Thunder Bay in the early 80’s and was immersed in the beginning of the woodland art movement. He was taught woodland style by Isadore Wadow until the time of Isadore’s murder in 1984. Wadow was a self-taught artist of the Woodland Art tradition whose works have often been compared to those of his cousin, Norval Morrisseau.
The rest of his childhood was spent in dancing at pow wows and sitting around campfires at night, listening to Aadizookanan, the elders tell the sacred stories, the tales of Nanaboozhoo. Adult life was spent camping and fishing, hunting and trapping, and relearning the meanings of the woodland art symbols that have their roots in the birch bark scrolls and teaching stones found at sacred sites all throughout Mother Earth.