This extraordinary artist enjoys a high reputation as a painter, as well as a jeweler, carver, teacher and tribal leader.
This beautifully different buckle demonstrates his skill as a jeweler and his painterly instincts, as well.
Roger always uses the finest materials and sets them simply, so the stones are showcased.
This apparent simplicity is deceptive; each piece, like this intriguing buckle, is carefully designed with an artist’s instinct for composition and maximum impact of color.
There is distinct feel of the sea in this buckle: the shape suggests a billowing sail, and the colors of dark and lighter blue bring to mind water and sky.
The rectangles of solid, radiant blue lapis look like nautical flags.
Wonderfully animated matrix patterns, in the turquoise, resemble ocean tides.
Sparkling channels of sterling silver separate the two rows of smaller stones from the three vertical bands of turquoise.
The channels are echoed in the narrow silver edges of the buckle itself.
Suggestions of water and sky are more likely to refer to the Zuni wish for adequate rainfall, than to oceans and sailing.
Nevertheless, the result is the same: a gracefully formed silver buckle, impeccably inlaid with gorgeously figured natural turquoise and first-rate, natural, deep blue lapis,.
This a palette that invokes the beauty of water, however and wherever it appears.
Another masterful piece by this remarkable artist.