Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts in painting and drawing from Arizona State University.
Style: My work includes abstract qualities of expressionism as well as representational imagery. I incorporate bold, vibrant colors, various elements of design, and a multitude of line quality and mark-making. I explore the two-dimensional surface and create paintings from a mixture of mediums, including oil, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, and mounting different materials onto the canvas.
Creative Spark: I find inspiration in everything around me. I use various themes revolving around identity. This investigation is rooted in the correlation, and also the conflict, of my Native American, Navajo, and contemporary mindsets. This also includes references to nature, stories, philosophies, and abstract representations.
Second-Choice Career: Graphic artist.
Other Passions: Home, family, livestock, Native American traditions, cultural practices, ceremonies, and arts and crafts.
Best Advice Received: Always be ready.
Mantra or Motto: T’aa hwo’ aji t’eego. Which means, “It’s got to be you to do it.”
Favorite Studio Music: An online streaming of random genres, or silence.
Favorite Work by Another Artist: MURAL by Jackson Pollock.
Future Goals: To continue to make quality work, show work, and to build upon the longevity of artistic expression as a career.
Representation: Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM; Visions West Contemporary, Denver, CO, Bozeman and Livingston, MT; Modern West Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Kiva Gallery, Uppsala, Sweden; Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK; Ben West Gallery, Hill City, SD.
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