Known for his impressionistic paintings, as much as he is honored for beautiful, award-winning jewelry, this multi-talented artist is also a community leader, advocate for Native artists, and dedicated basketball coach.
And his father was one of the heroic Navajo Code Talkers, who helped to win the war in the Pacific, during WWII!
Here is another pendant acknowledging the King of the Plains; this one features a splendid, natural Battle Mountain turquoise, from Nevada.
The stone is high and rounded, exhibiting a lovely turquoise hue, amid variegated brown matrix.
That turquoise color seems to reflect the clear sky above, while the earthy and swirly matrix uncannily suggests the furry pelt of the buffalo.
This fascinating, high-grade stone dominates your attention, with its tapered and elevated shape that also recalls a buffalo’s massive head.
Surrounding this imposing turquoise, is silver work that is just as remarkable as the stone.
Curved and tapered horns are naturalistic in shape and proportion; they are even lightly textured near the head, mimicking the patterns in the matrix of the turquoise.
A highly polished “beard” is at the bottom of the piece, with realistically uneven edges
Around the turquoise, is a sturdy, toothed bezel, and a band of rope-chiseled silver.
At the top, an inversely tapered form is lightly hand-stamped, hiding the handmade loop.
This pendant is beautifully balanced balanced in design, with polished and texture expertly proportioned.
It is traditional in subject, but with a modern edge.
Creative, impeccably fabricated, and with a stunning, stone, this pendant is another smash hit for this super-talented artist.