Working from his own inspiration, this well-known artist creates paintings based on Navajo mythology and stories.
His great-grandfather, a medicine man, raised him, imparting the stories and lore of Navajo tradition.
After art school and college, David returned to his home in Keams Canyon and began a notable career depicting memories of those childhood teachings.
He expresses his vision with great care and respect because his always aware of the sacred nature of the symbols and information in his paintings.
In “Fire Vision” there is a faint outline of a dancer behind the multi-colored flames, flames that evoke a special feeling that permeates the entire painting. The flames are surrounded by floating representations of the four sacred mountains.
According to Navajo cultural beliefs, The Holy People put four sacred mountains in four different directions, Mt. Blanca to the east, Mt. Taylor to the south, San Francisco Peak to the west, and Mt Hesperus to the north. The four directions are also represented by four colors: White Shell represents the east, Turquoise the south, Yellow Abalone the west, and Jet Black the north.
The hummingbird in the foreground is mostly known as a messenger, and in this painting he is very prominent, suggesting that he might be responsible for spreading the message of this “Fire Vision”.
A small painting full of mythical lore and beautiful technique brought to us by a prominent artist still at the peak of his powers…Enjoy the work and the message.