Since graduating from Ontario College of Art, Sara Tyson has worked for over 35 years as illustrator and graphic designer. This dual role as a professional increased her understanding of the function of illustration in communication arts and made her a thoughtful problem solver. Her figures occupy highly organized spaces, with shape, texture, contrast and colour all playing important parts in her concepts. Illustration clients include American Lawyer Media, Canada Post Corporation (Molly Brant:1986), Festival of the Sound, Global Brief Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Hampton-Brown Company, Harcourt Publishers, Harvard Business Review, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, National Endowment for the Humanities, On Wall Street Magazine, Pacific Opera Victoria, Penguin Group (Canada), TheProgressive Magazine, Reader’s Digest Magazine, Roger's Media Inc., Smithsonian Magazine, Strategic Finance Magazine, Utne Reader, Vancouver Foundation Magazine, VanderbiltUniversity, The Washington Post, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering – HarvardUniversity
Mary Brant, (born 1736?—died April 16, 1796, Kingston, Ontario [Canada]), Native American leader, an influential and effective Iroquois ally to Great Britain in the American Revolution and later a founder of Kingston, Ontario.
Brant was of the Mohawk tribe, the daughter of a sachem (chief). Sometime in the late 1750s she came to the attention of Sir William Johnson, hero of Crown Point in the French and Indian War and superintendent of Indian affairs for the northern colonies. Following the death of his wife, he took a Mohawk woman as his mistress. Brant succeeded her and bore him eight or nine children while living with him at Fort Johnson and later Johnson Hall, his manorial estate. She also managed his household and entertained many distinguished Native American and colonial guests.
After Johnson’s death in 1774, Brant relinquished Johnson Hall to his eldest legitimate son and moved with her children to a farm near Canajoharie, New York. She and all of her family were loyalists during the Revolution.
"Thayendanegea or Joseph Brant (March 1743 24 November 1807) was a Mohawk military and political leader, based in present-day New York, who was closely associated with Great Britain during and after the American Revolution. Perhaps the American Indian of his generation best known to the Americans and British, he met many of the most significant Anglo-American people of the age, including both George Washington and King George III. While not born into a hereditary leadership role within the Iroquois League, Brant rose to prominence due to his education, abilities and his connections to British officials. Through his sister, Molly Brant, and his later leadership, he was associated with Sir William Johnson, the influential British Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the province of New York. During the American Revolutionary War, Brant led Mohawk and colonial Loyalists against the rebels in a bitter partisan war on the New York frontier. He was accused by the Americans of committing atrocities and given the name "Monster Brant", but the charges were later found to be false. After the war, he relocated with most of his people to Canada to the Six Nations Reserve, where he remained a prominent leader." More on Joseph Brant
She herself conveyed intelligence on American movements and supplied ammunition to the British before the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777. Her influence, both as the daughter of a sachem and as the consort of the popular Johnson, was decisive in bringing the entire Iroquois nation into the British camp, and she spent much of the war in the Tory stronghold of Niagara. After the war she settled in Ontario, where she and other loyalist refugees founded the town of Kingston. In 1783 she was granted a British pension for her services. Like her brother, she was in her last years a devout member of the Episcopal church.
On August 25, 1996 the City of Kingston proclaimed Molly Brant Commemoration Day. The Mohawk Nation - Bay of Quinte, the Corporation of the City of Kingston, the City of Kingston Historical Board, and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada had agreed to commemorate her life with the creation of a bust representing Molly Brant, along with an historic monument at the front entrance of Rideaucrest Home on Rideau Street in Kingston. John Boxtel was commissioned to make the bust. The memorial sculpture was unveiled at Rideaucrest on Molly Brant Commemoration Day. The commemoration began with a service at St. George's Cathedral, a traditional Mohawk tobacco burning and a wreath-laying ceremony at St. Paul's Anglican Church, and a reception at Rideaucrest. The sculpture of Molly Brant was unveiled in the eastern courtyard. More on Mary Brant