Like his brother, Boyd, Richard learned to fabricate jewelry from the late Kennth Begay, one of the fathers of modern Navajo jewelry.
Richard’s work is featured in books, magazines and museums; including the permanent collections of the Museum of Man in San Diego, the Smithsonian Institution, the Heard Museum, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Here is a bracelet of impeccable workmanship and stunning design – a direct homage to his early mentor.
The sharply angled form relates to the pointed rain cloud swirls seen in the textured and darkened sides. The inlay is equally angular, with inlays in the inlay: note the silver dots in the fossilized tusk ivory pieces.
A sunlit palette of corals and ivory, mixed with turquoise, the color of a cloudless sky, is a symbolic and visual contrast to the stormy grey of the rain cloud designs.
All the stones are natural, of course, including the central, spiderweb turquoise. The silver is both polished and textured – a favored device of the artist.
A brilliant design, strikingly contemporary, assembled with exceptional skill. This is a piece that will be admired for generations, by a prominent, award-winning artist.