Of Lumbee and Cherokee heritage, D.R. hails from Texas, but now makes New Mexico his home. His early interest in art was encouraged by his grandmother, but he pursued other interests as an adult.
He returned to making art only after two decades of wildcatting in the oil fields. He used his youthful skill with feathers and woodworking to evolve into a master of masks. Instead of wood, he uses natural gourds as the basis, and embellishes them with natural feathers of all colors and origin. Dramatic use of colorful paints completes the piece.
His work is shown primarily in the Southwest, but collected nationwide.