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Carter "Kip" Chizmadia
1950-2005
Painting featuring Kip Chizmadia on Lanamyte TNT

The painting "Tasunke Witko" (i.e." Crazy Horse") was inspired by my friend, Carter "Kip" Chizmadia.

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Artist's Statement, in honor of Kip:

Kip's light eyes, slight build, soft, tawny hair and light-skin were all reminiscent of descriptions of the Oglala Lakota Shirt Wearer, Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse). Kip was an excellent horseman, as was Tasunke Witko, so I posed him as if he were riding my Paint stallion, Lanamyte TNT, in a confrontational pose. I placed the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota behind him, and painted a stormy, dramatic purple sky. It is now my vision of how Kip is free to roam with abandon: wild and unfettered with the bonds of earth's gravity. Till we meet again.

Carter J. ‘Kip’ Chizmadia (1950-2005)

Carter J. “Kip” Chizmadia, 55, of Buffalo Gap, Texas, and formerly of Lorain, died unexpectedly Sept., 17, 2005, at his home. Born in Lorain, he lived in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas before moving back to Lorain in 1983. He moved to Buffalo Gap in 1998. A 1968 Admiral King High School graduate, he attended Lorain County Community College. He and his son, Chance, were self-employed in the construction business in the Buffalo Gap area. Prior to that, he was a professional bull rider in the RCA/ PRCA rodeos in his youth and worked on ranches in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas. In Buffalo Gap, he attended Holy Family Catholic Church. He also was an honorary member of the Comanche Nation in Oklahoma. He enjoyed horse training, leather work and painting and making Western and Native American pieces. Survivors include his former wife, Leslie Stivason of Buffalo Gap; a son, Chance T. Chizmadia of Buffalo Gap; a stepson, Jesse G. Wales of Dayton; brothers Curt of Sheffield Village and Drew of Elyria; sisters Toni “Ciss” Chizmadia of Lorain, Terri Petz of Wakeman, Paula Molina of Bay Village and Carla Butterfield of Hamilton; an uncle; an aunt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Gerry (nee Gwillim) Chizmadia. A memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 2143 Homewood Drive, Lorain. Services were also held in Buffalo Gap. Dovin Funeral Home, Lorain, is handling arrangements.

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